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Health minister fudges family figures

Posted by Philip on 13 June 2012, 4:34 pm in , , ,

Hon Tony Ryall, speaking on Radio New Zealand this morning, clearly omitted to tell the other side of the fiscal impact of the government's decision not to appeal the Court of Appeal decision in the Ministry of Health v Atkinson & Others Family Carers case.

Ryall said the cost of paying families will rise as more family members opt to be supported by their relatives. However if, as he said, these people were assessed as eligible for funding, the money would need to be allocated anyway. What he didn't say was that the money would either go to a non-family member or a residential home instead.

He also didn't say that, if a person eligible for funded support chose to leave a residential home in favour of family support, the money would go from the residential home to the family. Nor did he mention that it is ministry of health policy to encourage community over residential living and that, over time, the fiscal implications of losing the critical mass of demand for residential homes will save significant amounts spent on the administration of such homes.

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Disability sector needs financial shake-up

Posted by Philip on 19 February 2011, 11:06 am in , , ,

I'm deeply concerned at the Government's seemingly defiant response to the Court of Appeal's upholding an Employment Court decision against an IHC provider which had paid a shift allowance of about $30 and was opposed to an hourly minimum-wage rate.

We might just have to change the law, says Health Minister Tony Ryall. 

This is yet another of several attempts to undermine the quality of life of people experiencing disability, and those who support us, in NZ.

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What is natural support?

Posted by Philip on 24 December 2010, 2:07 pm in , , ,

The government won’t pay parents to provide care for their disabled children as they see this as natural support. 

Leesa Ross is the mother of two daughters – one, 13, is disabled and the other, 15, isn't. She compares "natural support" for both on a typical weekend or day in the school holidays.

Click here to read her comparison »

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