The Greens say that the community has lost confidence in the Government's ability to manage aged care calling their handling of the crisis and failure to take responsibility a debacle.
“Aged care is a debacle in this country,” Greens spokesperson on Ageing Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“We have no national coordinating body to address the COVID crisis in aged care.
“We have a regulator that is not regulating effectively.
“We have a Government failing on workforce.
“When I asked about infectious disease control training only about half of staff have done an online infection control training and the Government thinks this is adequate.
“The Prime Minister and the Minister need to improve their approach or the Minister has to go.
“It was not inevitable that COVID was going to spread extensively into aged care.
“We know that some providers have done the work to make sure that COVID did not get in or spread.
“The additional $171m in funding for aged care announced last week is too little and the sector needs an urgent injection of at least $3billion as a matter of urgency.
"We are all sick of the buck passing and failure to take responsibility. Urgent action is needed.
"If this appalling failure isn’t improved urgently then the Minister needs to go.
"The buck stops with the Prime Minister and he needs to take action.
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