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JENNY MACKLIN

Shadow Minister for Social Security, and the Aged

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

DELAY LATEST AGED CARE CHANGES AND CONSULT

 

Jenny Macklin, Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Aged, called on the Howard Government to delay the planned 1 July intro duction of a national rate of aged care funding.

 

“The move to ‘coalescence’ of funding on 1 July ignores the fact that aged care is extremely complex. Each of the states works to different regulations and different awards and the sector is telling the Government that there are many funding anomalies still to be resolved.

 

“The Government needs to put these latest changes on hold. The Minister needs to sit down with the sector and work out funding arrangements that do not cut services or cause further disruption,” Jenny Macklin said.

 

“Aged care has been through enough turmoil as a result of this Government’s incompetence.

 

“As it stands, the move to ‘coalescence’ simply means cutting funding for most of the states.

 

* Victoria: a cut of $35 million

* NSW: cut by $15 million

* South Australia: $8 million

* Tasmania: $5 million

* Western Australia: $2 million

 

“The Minister has turned a deaf ear to appeals from aged care provider representatives and the Australian Nurses Federation.

 

“The responsible thing to do would be to maintain care funding and sit down with representatives from all parties — providers, consumers, nurses, other staff representatives arid state governments — and work out a program for attaining agreed funding arrangements.

 

26 June 1998

For additional information:

Jenny Macklin (026) 277 2035

Gary Moorhead (026) 277 2036   (018) 550 877

 

 

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