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No beds, no jobs.



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Thu, 5th February 2009

NO BEDS, NO JOBS

Margaret May MP Shadow Minister for Ageing

Minister Elliot’s sluggish approach to the 2008-09 Aged Care Approvals Round continues to leave older Australians out in the cold and blocks new employment opportunities in the Aged Care sector.

“The 2008-09 Aged Care Approvals Round is now months behind schedule and a final decision on the allocation of places is not expected until mid-2009,” Shadow Minister for Ageing Margaret May said today.

“The queues of older Australians awaiting beds and community care packages continue to grow while the Minister persists with her negligent approach to providing care for older Australians.

“Minister Elliot needs to be reminded that we are talking about the welfare of older Australians and must immediately start delivering the services and care they so desperately need.

“Her sluggish attitude is also having a negative impact on employment opportunities that would be provided through capital works in the aged care sector.

“Had Minister Elliot announced the 2008-09 Aged Care Approvals Round successful applicants on time, planning for the construction process would now be well on its way.

“Instead - new employment opportunities for builders, electricians, plumbers and other tradesmen will continue to be put on hold until the Minister gets her act together and capital works can begin.

“Its time Minister Elliot made older Australians a priority, delivered beds and services on time and provided the construction jobs that Australia needs,” said Mrs May.