The ALP is launching a campaign on March 1, days after the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety releases its final report, targeting the Federal Government’s handling of the aged care sector.
The campaign is a series of short videos detailing aged care horror stories with claims that the Morrison Government’s legacy will be one of ‘neglect’.
An ALP petition was also launched asking for Australians to support the ALP’s recommendations to the Federal Government, which include:
- Minimum staffing levels in residential aged care
- Reduce the home care package waiting list so more people can stay in their homes for longer
- Ensure transparency and accountability of funding to support high quality care
- Independent measurement and public reporting as recommended by the Royal Commission this week
- Ensure every residential aged care facility has adequate personal protective equipment
- Better training for staff, including on infection control
- A better surge workforce strategy
- Provide additional resources so the Aged Care Royal Commission can inquire specifically into COVID-19 across the sector while not impacting or delaying the handing down of the final report
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured with Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Senator Richard Colbeck) has previously said the Federal Government will address the Commission’s recommendations by May.