staffing for our seniors’ is the key message residents in rest homes and those
working in the sector are urging the Government to commit to in the build-up to
this year’s election.
With the support of Grey Power, E tū union and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) are launching an online open letter to Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, on Tuesday to push for mandatory staffing levels to ensure a minimum ratio of carers to residents in the aged care sector.
support the nationwide campaign, #safestaffingnow, will also be taking place
around the country in the coming weeks.
E tū delegate
Sela Mulitalo says not having mandatory staffing requirements for rest homes
and hospitals means poorer outcomes for residents and their carers too.
rushing around means that we do tend to miss a lot of things. Sometimes when
we’re short-staffed, residents end up missing out on showers, for example,”
rushed, like they’re not valued, but they don’t want to complain as they know
it will fall back on us.”
Sela also says
the needs of many residents are much more complex than they were when the
guidelines were set down 15 years ago, meaning their care takes more time and
staff need more training.
will make a real different to those of us who work in this industry and the
residents we look after.”
In 2010, the
New Zealand Labour Party recommended making minimum staffing guidelines
compulsory and referred to the sector as “desperate for a revolution”.
years on, the recommendations are still not regulation, while the sector’s
profit-driven model continues to drive chronic understaffing and dangerous
working conditions for those working in the sector, and their vulnerable
E tū Team
Leader Jody Anderson says safe staffing is essential to providing respectful,
high-quality, safe care.
system hasn’t had the investment it needs, and as a result, we are now cutting
corners to cut costs. COVID-19 has only re-emphasised the risks of unsafe
practices in the sector, and the lack of staffing regulations,” she says.
“To make sure
we rebuild our society better after COVID-19, we need to prioritise the
wellbeing of our communities and our seniors, which means providing decent pay
and adequate numbers of staff to facilitate the highest level of care for all.”
Share and sign
the open letter at together.org.nz/safestaffingnow
#safestaffingnow launches at Woburn House, 57 Wai-iti Crescent, Lower Hutt on Tuesday 21 July at 3.30pm, where residents, aged care workers and special guests, including Labour MP Ginny Andersen and Green MP Jan Logie, will hold a street meeting outside a residential care facility.
E tū delegate
Sela Mulitalo and Team Leader Jody Anderson will be available for comment at
information and comment:
Jody Anderson, 027 204 6370