Labor has called on the Abbott Government to make aged care policy and the welfare of older Australians a greater priority in 2015.
This comes in the wake of the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services (RoGS), which shows the availability of aged care places is not keeping up with demand.
“Tony Abbott needs ensure the needs of older Australians are not overlooked in 2015,” Shadow Minister for Ageing, Shayne Neumann said.
“The Productivity Commission report shows older people were waiting for longer periods before entering residential care in 2014 than they did in 2012.
“The aged care sector was dealt body blow after body blow in 2014, with unexpected funding cuts, and mismanagement by the Abbott Government.”
Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Aged Care, Senator Helen Polley warned that older Australians risked being forgotten and overlooked by Tony Abbott in 2015.
“The Productivity Commission report is a reminder that the provision of aged care funding needs to keep up with the growth in the older population,” Senator Polley said.
“As a result some State and Territory Governments have had to pick up the slack.
“We cannot afford to see a further widening of the gap in the provision of care. All Australians deserve quality aged care, regardless of where they live.”
Mr Neumann said older generations deserve better support as they age.
“Aged care providers and older Australians cannot afford another year of neglect by Tony Abbott,” Mr Neumann said.