And What Will Rudd, Milne and Abbott do about it?
above: The needs of Australia's Aged citizens are just as urgent as the needs of the Disabled - sometimes more. There is no excuse for not implementing National Aged Care Insurance along similar lines to the NDIS - or 'Disability Care Australia'.
In this article ALP Socialist Left activist, Tristan Ewins takes a look at the recent report on Aged Care at ABC's "Lateline" program - and puts the argument for comprehensive Aged Care Insurance - how it should be funded - and the services it should provide...
Earlier this week ABC’s ‘Lateline’ lifted the lid on an Aged Care Crisis which I hav e been trying to draw attention to for many years .
ABC investigative journalist Margot O’Neil constructed a report for ‘Lateline’ after conducting a year-long investigation that common complaints about the quality of aged care in Australia included residents:
Jane Green – daughter of former high intensity aged care resident Margaret McEvoy – recalled her own specific story to the ABC how, explaining how:
The ABC further observed that: “Ms Green, who is also a nurse, had to fight to get her mother taken to hospital, where she was immediately put into palliative care. She died six weeks later.”
In a similar story nurse and health care lecturer Mardi Walker:
She recalls that: "They would just keep injecting into the same spot and she would scream. My mother said it was horrific, because she would scream.”
The ABC also made the accusation: “Repeated surveys find that 20 to 50 per cent of nursing home residents are malnourished, and the Australian Medical Association says there are not enough doctors to visit residents.”
And meanwhile: “The Nursing Federation says there are not enough properly trained carers, while Palliative Care Australia says only one in five residents receive proper palliative care.”