Concerns an unregulated "second-class" carer workforce is
being created by the burgeoning "individualised funding" (IF)
scheme for the disabled are revealed in an evaluation
commissioned by the Ministry of Health.
No official feedback has been received on the free
after-hours medical care for children under 6, but it seems
to be working in participating GP practices, Southern Primary
Health Organisation chief executive Ian Macara says.
A pharmacist in Palmerston says that he signed a new contract
- which he believes will spell trouble for the sector -
because he was bullied into accepting its conditions by the
Southern District Health Board.