Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Aged Care Industry Turns Down Govt's Bed Offer

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Aged Care Industry Turns Down Govt's Bed Offer

Article excerpt

MAJOR providers of aged services on the Fraser Coast have shunned the Federal Government's latest offering of 180 bed licences.

The rejection is destined to cause Queensland's worst ration of bed to senior citizens to deteriorate.

This region has only 69.1 beds available for every 1000 people aged 70 or more.

RSL Care, Blue Care and Torbay Retirement Villages Ltd have all declined to take up the beds available in the latest Department of Health and Ageing round of offers.

All companies condemned the Federal Government for plunging the industry into crisis with its funding structure.

RSL Care CEO Ross Smith said the government's approach to administering aged care placed too great a financial strain on providers.

aCompetition for the bed licences is declining,a Mr Smith said.

aA few years ago there were 10 applications for every licence.

aThese days many of the service providers don't even apply.a

Mr Smith, who is also president of the peak body Aged Care Queensland, criticised the classification of beds into high care and low care, as "not serving the industry well". …

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