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The Domino Effect: Campaign launched amid crisis in aged care sector

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 7 Aug 2023, 11:54AM
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The Domino Effect: Campaign launched amid crisis in aged care sector

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 7 Aug 2023, 11:54AM

New Zealand’s aged care sector is in crisis.

Aged care has been chronically underfunded by successive governments, resulting in a lack of capital investment in facilities. This comes as the sector grapples with rising costs and an acute shortage of 1200 registered nurses.

Many providers have had no option but to close beds, with a number closing their doors for good.

In the past year, over 1000 beds have closed permanently and 1200 closed temporarily due to staff shortages. More closures are expected to follow.

In an effort to get the Government to listen and take action, the Aged Care Association is launching a campaign today, titled ‘The Domino Effect’.

Interim chief executive of the Aged Care Association Katherine Rich Kerre Woodham to talk about the situation.

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