Published on Mar 2, 2020
The elderly are being dismissed and ignored by the Ministry of Health in the Covid-19 response, the NZ Aged Care Association and Retirement Villages Association say.
The groups also say they are not confident District Heath Boards are ready for a coronavirus outbreak in a rest home.
People over 80 have up to a 15 percent fatality rate from the disease, with those over 65 also much more vulnerable than the rest of the population.
NZACA represents all parts of the aged care sector providing residential services for people over 65