11 May 2014

Rest home funding rise 'not enough'

2:41 pm on 11 May 2014

Rest home operators say the Government is offering them a one percent funding increase this year, which they say, is unacceptable.

A rest home nurse helping an elderly patient.

A rest home nurse helping an elderly patient. Photo: PHOTO NZ (file)

They say 7.6 percent is needed and the Government must dig deeper.

The Aged Care Association said members were offered the rise, worth an extra $10 million, in annual contract talks with district health boards recently.

But, it said, costs have risen by more than three percent, and $76 million extra is needed.

The association said the Government offer would prevent a pay rise this year and the quality of care for the elderly is at stake.

It was recommending that members refuse to sign the contract review document.