4 Aug 2016

Palliative care set for big budgeted increase

11:58 am on 4 August 2016

Another 60 palliative care positions are being established around the country, with the largest numbers in hospices in Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury.


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The government announced more money for hospices in the May budget which would be used to fund the new positions.

There was $52 million allocated directly to hospices over four years as general funding, with $24m to be spent on new services that improve palliative care.

It will fund 40 confirmed positions at 15 hospices, with nine hospices still working on proposals expected to see a further 20 positions.

Of the confirmed positions, six were at Nurse Maud in Christchurch, four at Wellington's Mary Potter, six in Waikato, and three each in Hawkes Bay and Whanganui.

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