Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

CDHB Elections - Aged Care Residential Funding

-----Original Message-----
From: kevin oconnell [mailto:kevvoc@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, 19 September 2004 8:14 p.m.
Subject:Re: CDHB Elections - Aged Care Residential Funding

I am sorry to hear of your collective plight, Gordon.

there are 10s of millions of dollars being spent
counter-productively and INEQUITABLY through the
'injustice' sector via the crime-creating
criminalisation of marijuana use in our community (20%
of surveyed population).

I will be endeavouring to get that money put where it
belongs (under health), which will have a beneficial
side effect of enabling credible drug education, thus
reducing health sector burden by an order of magnitude
(eg minimising alcohol and tobacco related harm and
costs).

That should free up plenty of $$$ to keep your
residents and workers happy. I note none of the other
candidates have a source of increased health funding
to offer. Nor is the Ottawa Charter (identifying and
removing impediments to health promotion even on the
health administrations radar screen - woeful)

kind regards

Kevin O'Connell
--- Gordon Hartley
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I am emailing you because I have concerns at the
> level of funding being
> provided by Canterbury District Health Board to Rest
> Homes, Private
> Hospitals and Home Care Providers.
>
> This sector is UNDER FUNDED by 25% as we are
> currently being paid fees
> which relate to Ministry of Health's own figures in
> 1999 -2000.
>
> More and more costs are being imposed on our sector.
>
>
> Some examples are:
>
> HOLIDAYS ACT - estimated 3% increase in wages
>
> EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS ACT - hard to quantify
>
> CERTIFICATION COSTS - $20,000 - $40,000
>
> POWER & GAS INCREASES
>
> INFLATION OVER THE LAST 4-5 YEARS IS APPROX. 12%
>
>
> INCOME IS FIXED BUT EXPENSES CONTINUE TO RISE.
>
> HOW LONG BEFORE GOOD OPERATORS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
> AND EXIT THE SECTOR
> OR GO BANKRUPT?
>
>
>
> Because of low wages recruitment & retention of
> staff is becoming
> increasingly difficult. We have been trying to
> employ a tea cook & a
> weekend cook for 3-4 weeks and are lucky to receive
> a phone call when
> placing an advert in the CHCH Press! The same
> applies to caregivers. The
> industry has approx. 30% turn over of staff each
> year. Owners are not in
> a financial position to pay realistic wages and must
> rely on the caring
> nature of hard working staff.
>
>
>
> Can you please advise me of your views on funding
> this sector.
>
>
>
> Regards Gordon Hartley
>
> St Albans Retirement Village
>



sig. Blair Anderson

Mayor Blair for a really Healthy Christchurch

http://mildgreens.com/candidates/blair

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