Aged care safe staffing petition presented

December 1, 2021

NZNO and E tū members delivered a 5000-signature petition to Parliament calling for mandated safe staffing levels in aged care.

The safe staffing petition being delivered to Parliament
The safe staffing petition being delivered to Parliament

NZNO industrial adviser Lesley Harry said regulations, without specified minimum levels, were unsafe and had not kept pace with the needs of senior citizens.

Nurses were run off their feet and unable to provide the safe care their residents and patients deserved. Vital care was being missed or significantly delayed because there were not enough staff on the floor, she said. COVID-19 made the problem worse in a sector that relied on overseas nurses, Harry said.