Ageing population a health risk to workers, says PSA
The Hutt Valley’s ageing population has become a health risk to industry workers, the Public Services Association says.
The PSA’s Yes We Care campaign roadshow was at Hutt Hospital on March 12 to highlight serious healthcare funding issues in the region and across New Zealand.
Hutt Hospital physiotherapist and PSA delegate Camille McWhirter said something eventually had to give.
“The same amount of money can’t be stretched over an ever-increasing number of aged clients,” McWhirter said.
“Some staff are reluctant to take leave, including sick leave, or they come back to work before they get better because they don’t want others to pick up the workload.
“We don’t have an issue with the district health board, it’s a great place to work.
“It’s Government funding that is limiting care and stretching the workforce.