Government inconclusive on managing an aged care outbreak

Tasmanian Labor
  • Premier says Tasmania needs more time to prepare
  • No answer on Aged Care Response Centres
  • What will happen if COVID cases occur in aged care homes
  • Labor leader Rebecca White said the premier had failed to table in Parliament an update on progress on plans agreed to by National Cabinet on the 7th of August to assist the aged care sector manage COVID-19.

    “National Cabinet agreed that states would conduct an audit of aged care emergency response capabilities and develop plans over the two weeks from the 7th August to manage infection control, the use of face marks and the establishment of Coordination centres, similar to the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre.

    “Peter Gutwein has failed to provide an update about when and how we can expect to see Aged Care Response Centres up and operating in Tasmania.

    “National Cabinet agreed on the 7th August that joint Commonwealth-State plans would be developed and that this would include identifying key staff who would be deployed to an Aged Care Response Centre.

    “From the earliest stages of this pandemic we have seen the catastrophic impact of outbreaks in aged care homes and yet Peter Gutwein says Tasmania still needs more time to prepare.

    “Our older Tasmanians and the workers who look after them need reassurance that the government has a plan and that that they will be protected if there are further outbreaks in aged care.”

    Rebecca White MP

    Labor Leader

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