Waipuna Hospice to receive palliative care boost

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Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman. PHOTO/GEORGE NOVAK
Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman. PHOTO/GEORGE NOVAK

Waipuna Hospice will be able to have two new workers after the Government announced a $76.1m boost for hospices around the country.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said up to 60 palliative care positions are to be established.

""Of the $76.1m invested in Budget 2015 over four years, an additional $52m has been pumped directly into hospices to ensure sustainability and developed into baseline funding," Dr Coleman said.

"The remaining $24.1 million is being allocated to DHBs to provide new hospice services that improve the quality of palliative care in aged residential care, primary care and community settings.

He said the additional palliative care services would allow more choice for people who were dying.

"As well as access to high quality care and support," he said.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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