I received this email yesterday and I thought I’d share it with readers…especially those out there who may think that we are irrelevant or ineffective at what we are trying to do here at WOBH.
I have redacted personal details on purpose.
I work in the Aged Care industry and was disappointed at the way NZ Herald reporters tried to paint a bleak picture on the Aged Care industry. Most facilities I visit genuinely try to do the best for their residents. There are always rogue operators in every industry but nearly all do genuinely care.
There is an aged care magazine in New Zealand and as you can see they are not impressed at the behaviour displayed by the â€śtrained and decentâ€ť members of the fourth estate. This is the magazine the services the actual industry called Insite Magazine.
It is worth noting that there is a wide spread belief in the industry that your article on the leaked email about NZ Heraldâ€™s desire to ridicule an industry to sell papers helped improve the overall tone of the reporting. This industry tends to be left leaning so to get them praising you is something of a minor miracle.
In creating this series of articles about aged care I believe the NZ Herald must work on the maxim â€śNever let the truth get in the way of a good storyâ€ť
Here is the response by Martin Taylor CEO of the NZ Aged Care Association.
Horror stories not a fair reflection of aged care sector
In September, a leaked email from some health reporters revealed they wanted to find the â€śworst horror storiesâ€ť in aged care for a week of recrimination and anguish.
The leaked email shows reporters are only too willing to publish preconceived ideas about an industry that has made significant advances in care delivery in recent years and they have no issue repeating incorrect stereotypes or isolated instances to condemn all operators.Â Read more »