The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has slammed the Morrison-Joyce Government’s renewed attempt to privatise the aged care assessment process – a plan Scott Morrison was embarrassingly forced to abandon in early 2020 after pressure from Labor, unions and state and territory governments.
Unlike lifting aged care workers’ wages and ensuring aged care facilities have nurses on staff 24/7, privatising the assessment workforce was not a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. But rather than deliver the Royal Commission recommendations designed to fix the staffing crisis in aged care, the Morrison-Joyce Government has chosen to sneak privatising assessments into their response.
This move demonstrates why older Australians, their families, and the aged care workforce cannot trust Scott Morrison to fix his aged care crisis.
The Morrison-Joyce Government must again abandon their plan to privatise assessments and give a clear assurance that this important work will continue to be done by independent, experienced, and well-qualified assessors in conjunction with the states and territories, and not for profit by private companies that may have ties to aged care providers.
The AMA President Dr Omar Khorshid warns “A market-based approach is a recipe for aged care service providers to put profits before patients.”
Older Australians helped build this country. They have earned respect, dignity, and quality care but the Morrison-Joyce Government keeps failing them.