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Older Western Victorians left out in the cold.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Federal Member for Wannon

8 August 2008

OLDER WESTERN VICTORIANS LEFT OUT IN THE COLD

Labor’s delay in announcing the 2008 Aged Care Assessment Round is unacceptable and is putting older Western Victorians at risk, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

“We are well into the second half of the year and Labor has not yet announced the commencement of the 2008 Aged Care Assessment Round,” Mr Hawker said.

“The process is usually well underway by this stage but the Minister has dragged her feet which is nothing short of negligent.

“Labor says they are waiting on the announcement of successful applicants for zero interest free loans, but most aged care facilities in Western Victoria were not eligible for these loans.

“What matters to local providers is the yearly Aged Care Assessment Round 2008. Under Labor’s watch the process is now months behind schedule and the delay is having dire consequences on frail and elderly people in our communities.

“The queues of older Western Victorians who are waiting for aged care beds are getting longer and longer.

“This treatment of older Western Victorians is unacceptable.

“I call on the Minister to commence the Aged Care Approval Round urgently.

“Older Western Victorians have been waiting long enough and deserve better”, Mr Hawker said.

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