Stuff co.nz 13 August 2014
National has pledged an extra $20 million a year in funding for hospices if re-elected in September.
National’s health spokesman, the retiring Health Minister Tony Ryall, said the funding would allow hospices to provide more palliative care.
Ryall said last year more than 15,000 people received care and support from the country’s 29 hospices while their palliative carers made over 145,000 visits to people in their homes.
Demand on hospice services would increase with an ageing population and this needed to be catered for.
“Hospices make a huge difference to people’s lives by ensuring terminally ill people are as free from pain and suffering as possible,” Ryall said.
“They also provide care and support for families and friends.”
Of the new funding, $13m would go towards helping the country’s hospices care for terminally ill people in their homes while $7m would fund 60 new palliative care nurses and educators.