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Wednesday, 10 October 1984
Page: 1513


Senator REID —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) draws the attention of the Minister for Health the 102 aged people in the Australian Capital Territory in need of 24-hour-a-day care, who at the moment are awaiting nursing home admission:

(b) calls on the Minister to explain why with such a critical shortage of nursing home beds in the Australian Capital Territory, he ignores the prevailing conditions which have closed 24 nursing home beds in Canberra including 12 empty beds at the Allambee Nursing Home and 11 empty beds at the Jindalee Nursing Home ;

(c) condemns the Minister for allowing a nursing home bed at Morling Lodge to remain closed even for emergency cases, because, to use the Minister's own words 'that bed does not draw a subsidy, and in such a situation could be open to abuse';

(d) calls on the Minister to immediately address the urgent problems arising from lack of respite care for the carers and their families in the Australian Capital Territory; and

(e) abhors the accelerating degeneration of nursing home care for the aged and disabled in the Australian Capital Territory and calls on the Minister to immediately redress the deteriorating situation.