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Fresh concerns over aged care

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/04/2017

A joint investigation into aged care has revealed serious concerns with the quality of aged-care facilities and access to home care services across the country © Press Association A joint investigation into aged care has revealed serious concerns with the quality of aged-care facilities and access to home care services across the country A joint investigation into aged care has revealed serious concerns with the quality of aged-care facilities and access to home care services across the country, the Greens and Labour say.

They've joined with Grey Power to investigate aged care in New Zealand, revisiting the 2010 review which saw 20 nationwide meetings with over 1200 people involved.

The current tour has already visited Rotorua, Golden Bay, Nelson and Levin, and will continue in Kelston, Auckland on April 18.

"Older New Zealanders deserve to have a range of safe, affordable options for care, but what we have been hearing at these meetings is that the system is still not up to scratch," said Green Party senior citizens spokesman Barry Coates.

"In Rotorua, people raised the lack of government oversight and advocacy for older people as a barrier to reform of the aged care system.

"At-home care has been raised as a major issue, with many people hoping to remain in their homes but struggling to get the help they need there. The rules appear to change frequently but are not well communicated," said Mr Coates.

Labour's David Clark says there are still serious consequences from the poor workplace conditions and pay for aged-care workers.

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