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Ministry of Health slammed over planned disability services cuts

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Publish Date
Sunday, 21 April 2019, 3:28PM
The planned cuts were blocked by government ministers. (Photo / 123RF)

An advocate says nibbling away at funding for disability services would impact people's dignity, and their ability to live in the community.

Government ministers have blocked the Ministry of Health from going ahead with cuts for the sector.

The Ministry was planning to cut up to $10 million from disability support services by June, as an initial step towards addressing a $90 million deficit.

It wanted limited showers and meals for the disabled, long wait lists for specialist care and no help for autistic children.

Gerri Pomeroy from the Disabled Persons Assembly told the Weekend Collective it would have a profound effect.

"It's very scary for people. If you have to cut your assistance in the shower down from an hour to half an hour, that has implications at a personal level. It's a loss of dignity. It's the same with food prep."

Pomeroy says it would make it hard for people to keep living in the community - as the support is fundamental.

 

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