The Ministry of Health is asking for feedback on rest-home audit reports as a decision looms on whether the reports will continue to be made public.

Associate Minister of Health Jo Goodhew announced last year that full rest-home audits would be made available for a six-month trial “to see how many people bother to read them”. The ministry has been monitoring downloads and is now asking for feedback on whether the reports are useful.

You can have your say by completing the [short questionnaire] on the ministry’s website. The questionnaire will be online until 26 May 2014.

Figures published by the minister show over 2500 full audit reports have been downloaded since the trial began in November.

We think the reports should be made permanently available. Consumers have limited information available for assessing the quality of care provided in rest homes and the audit reports help fill the gap.

More from consumer.org.nz:

  • Rest homes - our full report including a list of homes investigated