The Government failed to audit nursing homes’ stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the weeks before fresh COVID outbreaks in Victoria despite more than 1,000 aged care providers requesting access to the national stockpile.
With reports of aged care providers in Victoria now facing shortages of PPE, this serious lapse in oversight is deeply concerning and evidence of the Government’s failure to adequately prepare Australia’s vulnerable nursing homes for COVID-19 outbreak.
In the critical weeks leading up to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Victorian nursing homes, why didn’t the Government and the aged care regulator do more to protect older Australians?
The announcement of a Victorian aged care response centre while welcome is sadly too late for some residents, staff and families already impacted.
Australia’s aged care system was broken before the COVID-19 pandemic and this is only putting extra stress on the system.