SOME OF THE INITIAL REACTION TO THE AGED CARE ROYAL COMMISSION INTERIM REPORT
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT:
Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck says the government is already putting more home care packages into the system but the way they are delivered needs reform, there are new regulations about restraints and there could be quick action on young people going into aged care.
Senator Colbeck and Health Minister Greg Hunt said: "The problems raised today in the interim report have challenged governments, industry and the community over many decades and require a coordinated response from all involved."
Anglicare Australia says the interim report is a wake-up call for the sector and for government. Its acting executive director Roland Manderson: "We need a national commitment to end these years of neglect, and make the profound investment needed to build a system that will value people and care for them properly."
Peak body Leading Age Services Australia CEO Sean Rooney: "This is a beacon for immediate reform, a critical pointer to ensure older Australians receive quality care and respect they need and deserve."
Non-profit providers peak body Aged and Community Services CEO Patricia Sparrow: "Strengthening and improving aged care in Australia will require more than just new rules. Absolutely critical will be new funding solutions and large-scale community education about ageing and aged care."
United Voice's Carolyn Smith: "This report must be the impetus for urgent action to save our aged care sector and save the workforce."
THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION:
Shadow aged care spokesperson Julie Collins: "It is shameful that in a wealthy country like Australia older people can't get the care they need."
Australian Associated Press