The announcement came on the eve of ABC Four Corners’ special two-part investigation of the failings in aged care. This is the second time within 12 months that a Four Corners report has resulted in a royal commission. Last year, their report on the Don Dale youth detention centre prompted Malcolm Turnbull to announce a royal commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory. … [Read more...] about Has government by media replaced consideration of evidence in aged care?
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"It is absolutely vital that councils provide them with a supportive and caring environment. For that to happen there needs to be proper oversight and scrutiny, and that hasn't always been the case. Instead, all too often we hear from children that they are being treated as a 'nuisance' and 'troublesome' by those who are supposed to care for them." … [Read more...] about Michael Gove attacks lack of transparency in children’s homes
When asked whether he would mandate staff ratios in aged care facilities, as is required in childcare centres, Wyatt said there wouldn’t be sufficient staff for small country towns or remote Aboriginal communities. This is disingenuous. The aged care minister is surely aware of workforce strategies in other sectors (including education and health) to recruit and retain qualified staff in remote areas. Similar strategies need to be developed for the aged care sector. … [Read more...] about The aged care crisis can be traced back to Howard’s Aged Care Act. We need a new act
However, despite the move by the Transport Secretary to add more destinations to the 'red' list, England's approach to imposing quarantine remains less severe than both Scotland and Wales. Scotland has imposed travel quarantine on the whole of Greece while Wales has banned travel to a larger number of Greek islands. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s much safer here than at home’: Fuming Britons blast surprise quarantine on seven Greek islands as mad scramble begins to return to the UK by 4AM tomorrow and TUI and Jet2 cancel holidays
The Berkley Care Group, a firm that markets itself as being at the more luxurious end of the industry, attracted national attention when it refused government pressure to take residents from hospital care, as the COVID-19 crisis gathered speed, on lack of testing grounds. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Care home firm reimposes own lockdown to protect residents and staff