Scott Morrison should be held accountable
The Prime Minister has endangered private aged care residents and should be held accountable, said Shadow Minister for Health, Mark Butler.
“This latest outbreak in aged care is a direct result of Scott Morrison’s gross negligence and dangerous complacency,” he candidly told reporters.
“The government needs to explain why they thought the risk had receded to such a degree that it was able to lift the ban that was in place last year.”
News.com.au reported that private residential aged care workers were advised via email on Monday that they “should limit their work to a single facility”.
Acting Premier James Merlino agreed that the Prime Minister should be forced to explain why he lifted the ban and allowed staff to work at a number of private residential aged care homes, when the risk of infection for elderly residents is so high.
“Public sector aged care [is a] state responsibility … we have clear policies in place that has made sure workers don’t work across sites.
“Private sector aged care is a Federal Government responsibility, these are absolutely relevant questions everyone is asking, they should be put to the Federal Government,” Merlino added.
Professor Brett Sutton, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, stressed that aged care staff working at more than one facility should be avoided at all costs.
“It is a risk wherever it occurs, it doesn’t matter if it is public or private … but the question as to how it is effectively enforced, supported financially or otherwise in terms of policy, is a question for the Commonwealth,” Professor Sutton explained.
“It is not a question for me. It is a risk wherever it occurs. There needs to be support and policy settings to minimise that to the fullest extent possible. I understand that some settings will have critical workforce issues, people can’t move between settings.”
Health Minister Martin Foley was also upfront and frank on his views of the shocking situation the Morrison Government has created.
“Covid-19 cases are back in our residential private aged care system and that is not a good thing,” Foley stated.
“I don’t have to remind people in Victoria and Australia, the disproportionate impact Covid-19 has on fatalities and private potential, in residential aged care settings.”
What do you think about the Morrison government overturning the rule on November 30, permitting staff to work at more than one private residential aged care facility in Victoria? Tell us in the comments.