Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Labor will address nursing home problems.



Download WordDownload Word

image

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

JENNY MACKLIN

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR JAGAJAGA

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

149 Burgundy St. Heidelberg Victoria 3084

Phone 9459 1411 Fax 9457 5721

Shadow Minister for Social Security, the Aged and Family Services

 

LABOR WI LL ADDRESS NURSING HOME PROBLEMS

 

Reports that standards of care have fallen sharply in Victorian nursing homes in the past twelve months cannot be swept under the carpet, Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Aged, Jenny Macklin said.

 

“The detailed reports of declining care standards for residents and increasing pressure on staff are directly attributable to the Howard Government’s controversial aged care changes.

 

“The core of the problem is the Howard Government’s cutting of $500 million from aged care in the 1996 Budget and the removal of accountability for funding.

 

“As a result, many nursing home providers have reduced the numbers of qualified staff they employ placing greater pressure on those remaining,” Jenny Macklin said.

 

“Providers have a case in pointing to payment delays and other confusion and uncertainty resulting from the mess caused by the Government attempting too much change too quickly.

 

“Labor will restore the $500 million cut from aged care by the Howard Government and also make nursing homes accountable for the way it is spent. Money provided for qualified nursing staff must be spent on nurses.

 

“Kim Beazley has promised that the issue of wages disparity that disadvantages nurses working in aged care facilities will also be addressed by a Labor Government.

 

For additional comment: Gary Moorhead (03) 9459 1411 (0418) 555 877

 

24 August 1998

 

 

 

dd