Today’s announcement from Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt of extra funding for residential aged care is just another example of this Liberal Government’s smoke and mirror show in the lead up to the Federal Election.
Today, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt has tried to sell the annual increase in bed funding through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) as a win for the sector.
Helen Gibbons, Assistant National Secretary of United Voice says, “The Morrison Liberal Government has continued to cherry pick the numbers that it likes. The Minister has made a cynical political move in the face of bad polls and potentially damning Royal Commission evidence by making a big announcement out of what is a standard, annual ACAR funding round.
“This is not an increase in overall funding and will not address the urgent crisis in aged care.
“Any boost in rural and regional beds without an increase in base funding is meaningless. Providers will struggle to afford to take up these beds and many will simply go unfilled. The Minister can’t keep trying the same things and expecting a different result.
“Older Australians deserve more than platitudes and dressed-up press releases. The Liberal Government has ripped $2.1 billion out of aged care since 2014 and pretending that recurring funding is action to remedy this is shameful.
“Our aged care members and those they care for know that there have been years of reports calling on the Liberal Government to act and these reports have been ignored.
“You can’t rip billions out of residential care and not expect it not to have an impact.
“The Government needs to make an actual investment in the sector to ensure proper training, more care hours – and that workers, older Australians and their families are treated with fairness and respect.
“Ken Wyatt’s announcement does nothing to address the quality of care people are receiving and nothing to address the 127,000 people on the home care waiting list.”