MP welcomes $2.8 million to support Bay of Plenty hospices
$2.8 million extra will be pumped into the Bay of Plenty’s hospices services over the next four years, says local MP Todd Muller.
“This is a welcome investment for us who have benefited from the support provided by our Bay hospices for those who are terminally ill and their families and friends”, says Todd Muller.
“The Bay of Plenty’s infrastructure has seen major development in recent months, most notably with the Waipuna Hospice wing which was opened in March this year.
“Investing in palliative care for New Zealand’s growing and aging population is a necessary step to ensure that we can enjoy a better quality life for longer.
“I welcome the due consideration given in Budget 2015 where $52 million has been allocated for the entire country to deliver on the Government’s commitment to provide high quality services closer to home.”
In 2013, more than 15,000 people received care and support from hospice services throughout New Zealand, and hospice staff made over 145,000 home visits. Just over 20 per cent of people using hospice services were aged under 60 and three-quarters had a cancer-related disease.
“Many of our local Bay families have had some connection with Waipuna, they know its value in our midst, and will support this further investment to boost the extraordinary support it gets from locals”, says Todd Muller.