An elderly man feels so let down by the scattershot state of his in-home care, he wants to give back the Queen’s Service Medal he once received for services to health.

Twice a day Eric Clarke, 87, opens the front door of his Feilding home to carers. They see him at his most vulnerable, as the treatment he needs is intimate.

But too often they are strangers, and too often they are careless, leaving Clarke anxious, angry and humiliated, and twice in need of an ambulance.

Clarke, who received a Queen’s Service Medal for services to Wellington ambulance in 1997, now has such little faith in the health sector he wants to return it to the steps of Parliament.

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