Labour pledges aged care review

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Last updated 16:54 20/08/2014

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Labour is promising a working group to advise on staffing levels and funding for aged care as it moves to give nurses and caregivers in the sector pay parity with DHB workers.

Leader David Cunliffe announced the plan at an Upper Hutt Grey Power meeting today.

He said the group would set a time frame for the changes that would include minimum qualifications for aged care workers and staffing levels.

Labour would also establish an aged care commissioner and as previously announced would make GP visits free for those over 65.

At a cost of $4m a year it would extend the rates rebate to those living in retirement villages.

Cunliffe also pledged to review the law around overseas pension schemes so people were not "unduly penalised" when they became eligible for NZ Superannuation.

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