Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said “People in Mackay are terrified about what’s going to happen to their mums, their dads, their grandparents, or themselves when they need to access aged care”.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said “People in Mackay are terrified about what’s going to happen to their mums, their dads, their grandparents, or themselves when they need to access aged care”.

Fight to stop homes ‘putting profits before people’

AS STORIES of abuse and neglect trickle out of the Aged Care Royal Commission, Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the region’s residents were looking to their futures with dread.

“People in Mackay are terrified about what’s going to happen to their mums, their dads, their grandparents, or themselves when they need to access aged care,” Mrs Gilbert said.

“We all age and we will all need to access these services as we get older.”

Mrs Gilbert has backed a push to increase transparency in the nursing home sector, forcing businesses to reveal staffing levels.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles introduced the Health Transparency Bill 2019 last week.

The bill ensures minimum nursing contact hours would be mandated for elderly Queenslanders living in state-owned aged care homes under laws to ensure better standards of care.

Mr Miles said nursing homes would also be forced to publicly report on their staff ratios, under the prorposed laws.

“These corporations have been allowed to run amok. Putting profits before people. Feeding residents on $6 a day and letting staffing levels fall dangerously low,” Mr Miles said.

Mr Miles said the new laws would ensure people in aged care were treated with dignity.

The bill comes as a reaction to the shock sudden closure of a Gold Coast nursing home, Earle Haven, which forced the emergency evacuation of 70 residents, many frail and suffering from dementia.

“What happened at Earle was disgraceful, it isn’t good enough and it can’t be allowed to happen again, he said.

Mrs Gilbert said that this was about making aged care better for our loved ones.

“Queenslanders deserve the best, and these laws are about making sure we can guarantee that in the future,” she said.



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