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Health Boards warned that new home care services need stability and certainty

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Stability and certainty for home care workers and their clients must be central to any decisions made around service providers in the Wellington region, the PSA and E tū unions say.

Capital and Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB are calling for tenders for home care support services, after calling time on their existing arrangement of a sole provider model (currently Access Community Health).

The DHBs have made clear their intention to contract more than one provider to deliver this service, and unions say secure and stable work for support workers must be central to any new contract.

“Care and support workers fought for and won proper recognition of the crucial work they do, and we are concerned they may be left out of this process,” PSA National Secretary Kerry Davies says.

“Whoever wins this contract must be properly funded to do this work, including all obligations around training, guaranteed hours and in-between travel.”

The PSA and E tū understand DHBs intend to consult with stakeholders, and say workers must be included in the process.

“If we are to genuinely move towards quality care for our elderly people, then clients and support workers must be consulted,” E tū Delegate Tamara Baddeley says.

“Without this consultation, DHBs cannot deliver the care and support elderly people need.”

PSA delegate Helen Amey says she’s worried about uncertainty and instability for workers, because this is the third time many of them have been through this process.

“We are also worried about the impact on our clients, who rely on us to live independently and need continuity of support.”

The PSA and E tū say maintaining the recent gains achieved by support workers must be core to any decisions made.

The unions urge the DHBs to begin proper consultation with workers and their representatives as a matter of urgency.

2 comments:

  1. Don Picken, 25. July 2018, 15:13

    The second paragraph is the core to this discussion. There used to be several Providers until “someone” decided that there should be just one Provider. What a catastrophe that has been. So whose brilliant idea was it, did they get a bonus and have they been promoted?

     
  2. greenwelly, 25. July 2018, 16:07

    Given that these workers have “Continuity of employment” under the same terms and conditions I really fail to understand why the DHBs insist on trying to re-arrange the deck chairs by tendering for new providers. These jobs should be brought in house rather than allowed to twist in the wind and bounce from one poorly provided provider to another

     

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