Aged care Royal commission announced

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce a royal commission into aged care in Australia.

The enquiry is expected to cover residential and home-care, as well as looking at non-elderly people who may have disabilities and are living in aged care facilities.

We must be assured about how widespread these cases (failures) are. PM Scott Morrison

Oakden triggers response

The government interest in the aged care sector can probably be traced back to the Oakden nursing home scandal of just over one year ago. Prime Minister Morrison said authorities have closed more than 10 facilities in the last year. He also said that many more sanctions are now being recorded.
He further said that “incidences of older people being hurt by failures of care simply cannot be explained or excused”. “As a community we expect high standards for the quality and safety of aged care services. The Royal commission will be about proactively determining what we need to do in the future to ensure these expectations can be met”.

I welcome an overdue look at the aged care sector in Australia. Bill Shorten

The leader of the opposition, Bill shorten has for now supported this move by the government. He has however tried to claim ownership of the issue by stating that “I welcome an overdue look at the aged care sector in Australia. I said it was a national crisis some months ago. The government rushed out and accuse me rather wrongly of causing fear mongering. I wonder if the Minister for aged care will accuse his new boss of fear mongering as he accused me?”

Broad sweeping review

Key topics that are expected to be covered by the royal commission include low wages for staff, the number of qualified people in aged care homes, federal government funding cuts and patient to staffing ratios.  Peak bodies appear to be pushing for the royal commission to have a broader mandate, looking at age care for indigenous communities for example.

Aged care weekly will post more, related news as it becomes available on this topic.

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