Peak medical and worker bodies fear the Morrison Government won’t introduce minimum standards for the amount of time qualified staff spend each day with aged care residents in the May Budget or beyond. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
The Australian Medical Association and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) have jointly urged the Government to implement staffing recommendations in the aged care royal commission’s final report straight away.
The Government has promised a comprehensive response in the Budget to the commission’s report, released in March. The report recommended minimum qualified-staff time of 200 minutes per resident, per day, including 40 minutes provided by a registered nurse, and having 24-hour coverage by registered nurses in all facilities by 2024.
AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid said they were some of the fundamental recommendations and must be implemented. He said there were concerns that the mandated nurse ratios will be delayed into future years “partly because that is in fact the recommendation of the royal commission”.
ANMF federal secretary Annie Butler said a sufficient workforce was one of the main factors impacting the quality and safety of aged care.
Aged Care Services Minister Richard Colbeck has previously said the Government would deliver its full response to the royal commission’s recommendations to Parliament by May 31.
Senator Colbeck said the government announced $452 million in an immediate response to the royal commission’s final report. That was in addition to the $537 million in support measures following the interim report, and $172.8 million provided in response to the COVID-19 special report.
Aged care sector concerned government won’t fund minimum staff levels (By Rachel Clun, Sydney Morning Herald)