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Australian Royal Commission report whitewashes responsibility for aged care crisis

Australian Royal Commission report whitewashes responsibility for aged care crisis
The submissions revealed a catastrophic crisis, yet the report conceded that its findings are similar to those in numerous previous inquiries.

The Australian government’s Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recently released its final report.The inquiry held 23 public hearings over two years and received more than 10,000 submissions from aged care residents and their families, staff, providers and government agencies.Virtually no aspect of the aged care system is accessible, transparent, affordable and adequately funded or staffed.Commissioner Tony Pagone stated: “The problems in the aged care system are neither new nor unknown.

There have been more than twenty substantial official inquiries into aspects of the aged care system over the past twenty years.Whilst these were characterised as a “call for fundamental reform of the aged care system,” they were predominately administrative measures that do not deal directly with the quality of aged care services.

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