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Minister for ageing compromising the care of senior Australians.

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Margaret May MP

Federal Member for McPherson Shadow Minister for Ageing


1 July, 2009


“Aged Care Australia figures have revealed that Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, is seriously compromising the care of aged and frail Australians,” Shadow Minister for Ageing, Margaret May said today.

“Aged Care Australia’s figures exposed a national 100% increase in the issuing of non-compliance notices and a 100% increase in the total number of sanctions last year alone.

“The revelation followed a Productivity Commission report into Aged Care that slammed the Rudd Government for strangling aged care providers and nursing staff with endless red tape.

“Minister Elliot’s obsession for regulation and red tape is taking nurses away from the bedside and forcing them behind desks to fill out forms.

“We need our nurses to provide world-class care, not fill out mountains of paperwork behind desks.

“Aged and frail Australians are paying the price for unsustainable levels of regulation.

“The Minister must now recognise aged care in Australia is in crisis and is in urgent need of reform.

“Last week, two Victorian aged care facilities were forced to close their doors, leaving 105 aged and frail residents to find a new home.

“There is a serious crisis in Australia’s aged care system and if the Minister is not up to fixing the job, she should immediately step-aside.

“The care of Senior Australians must be the Minister’s number one priority.

“Senior Australians deserve a flexible, sustainable and world-class aged care sector,” said Mrs May.

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