Next month’s Budget must deliver for older Tasmanians waiting for aged care at home.
Shadow Minister for Ageing and Mental Health Julie Collins said, “With less than a fortnight to the Budget, the Turnbull Government cannot afford to let down these older Tasmanians languishing in limbo waiting for care.
“The Turnbull Government has failed again and again to offer any meaningful solutions to fix the crisis.
“Instead they have cut billions from aged care, seriously impacting on the quality of care older Australians receive.
“The home care package changes, as part of the Living Longer Living Better reforms, were meant to put older Australians at the centre of their care, meaning they could make decisions based on their needs rather than being told what they need.
“Labor has repeatedly called on the Turnbull Government to fix this crisis as the waiting list and waiting times continue to grow.
“The task of fixing Australia’s aged care system is critically important but sadly the Turnbull Government is not doing enough.”
Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “In the North West alone there are 243 older Tasmanians waiting for care, based on the latest data from the Department of Health.
“This includes 160 older Tasmanians in the North West waiting with high care needs, many with dementia. This is a crisis and it is unacceptable.
“The situation will continue to worsen with the North West and West Coast’s ageing populations.
“How is it fair that these older Tasmanians wait for care while the Turnbull Government continues to pursue a $65 billion tax handout to big corporations and the banks?
“People have worked hard all their lives and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in their later years.
“It is time for Malcolm Turnbull to act and start fixing a deepening crisis amongst some of our most vulnerable people.”
FRIDAY, 27 APRIL 2018
MEDIA CONTACTS: LIAM CARSWELL (COLLINS - 0438 469 119)
JOHN DOWLING (KEAY – 0417 575 148)
Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra