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‘Every hour is questioned’ – Advocates say Health Ministry quietly reducing funding for disabled after ruling out big cuts

14 March 2019 Nicholas Jones - NZ Herald

Support for the disabled is being quietly cut person by person after the Ministry of Health backed down on sector-wide funding changes, advocates say.

Multiple providers across New Zealand said they had noticed a trend of delayed referrals, reduced support hours, and growing waiting lists in recent months.

They estimated that Disability Support Services, which is run by the ministry, was heading for a $100 million deficit and that it was attempting to find savings before the end of the financial year.

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