A number of Queensland aged care providers are cutting frontline staff via redundancies and demotions, the state’s nursing union has warned.
Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) said cuts to staff and care hours were occurring across more than two dozen Blue Care facilities statewide as well as TriCare’s Mount Gravatt Aged Care Facility and Sunnybank Hills Aged Care Residence.
It added TriCare was reducing the number of beds from 140 to 120.
The union said it has requested urgent clarification and details from the providers regarding the number of jobs, hours and positions to be cut.
“The QNMU is gravely concerned for the wellbeing of thousands of elderly Queensland residents in impacted facilities,’’ Mohle said. “As such, we have referred the proposed cuts to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, to the federal Minister for Ageing Richard Colbeck for urgent action and have advised the Aged Care Royal Commission of this extremely disturbing development.”
The state’s Deputy Premier Steven Miles said he was “very concerned” to hear reports of staff cuts.
“Staffing levels across the private aged care industry are extremely low and we have been concerned about that for some time.
“I know the community is concerned about that too.”
In a statement, Blue Care operator UnitingCare Queensland said:
“As good stewards of the resources entrusted to us as a not-for-profit, we regularly monitor our staffing levels and rosters across our aged care services and make small adjustments (both up and down) in the normal course of business in response to fluctuating aged care home occupancy levels and the changing clinical and social needs of our residents and clients.
“When making these small adjustments, our residents, clients and employees are always at the centre of our approach.”Do you have an idea for a story?
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