A Central Coast aged care facility will cut workers’ hours as a direct result of the Federal Government’s aged care funding freeze.
I have been advised by the Health Services Union (HSU) that new rosters will see 793 hours lost a fortnight at Reynolds Court Aged Care, Bateau Bay.
This is equivalent to 10 full-time staff, and will affect cleaning, recreation and physiotherapy services, the union said.
The HSU was advised at the end of June of a “major workplace change” following “a reduction in Commonwealth Government funding for aged care services”.
These cuts to shifts and services are as predictable as they are devastating – for dedicated aged care workers, and for elderly and vulnerable residents.
The Government announced 14,000 new home care packages in the Budget in May, but no new funding, and Labor predicted cuts would have to be made to residential care.
Now we are seeing it happen on the Coast.
I have spoken several times in Parliament about the long wait for home care packages – more than a year in some cases, even for people with high needs.
An aged care roundtable I held recently with Labor’s Medicare Taskforce confirmed the strain aged care services and workers on the Coast are under.
The Government must fixed aged care before more services and staff are lost.