The aged care royal commission has handed its final report to the Morrison Government after two years of harrowing evidence at hearings across the nation. Source: SBS News.
Governor-General David Hurley received the report, which is likely to include more than 100 recommendations for reform, at Sydney’s Admiralty House on Friday.
The two-year inquiry was told countless tales of abuse and neglect, with its 2019 interim paper calling for a complete overhaul of a “woefully inadequate” system.
The government was set to review the report over the weekend and provide an interim response by the middle of this week.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters he was committed to addressing issues raised in the report, pledging a more detailed response in the May budget.
The commission’s interim report found pay and conditions for staff were poor, workloads heavy and severe difficulties existed in recruitment and retention.
It also found there was an overuse of drugs to “restrain” aged care residents, while younger people with disabilities were stuck in aged care.
Lawyers assisting the commission have made 124 recommendations, including for mandated staffing ratios, increased regulator powers and new laws to protect the rights of elderly people.
24 years, 18 inquiries: can we face the truth of aged care? (Sydney Morning Herald)