Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Nurses Remain in Shock; Blue Care 'Don't Care about Staff' at Millbank

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Nurses Remain in Shock; Blue Care 'Don't Care about Staff' at Millbank

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JIM ALOUAT

JOURNALIST

jim.alouat@news-mail.com.au

MILLBANK Village staff members remain angry, are distressed and feel deceived over Blue Care's decision to downsize the aged care facility, saying the announcement "came out of the blue".

On Friday the NewsMail reported that 36 residents would be forced out of their Millbank Village homes because Blue Care plans to downsize the facility, closing three wings.

Millbank blamed the cutbacks on the growing number of people with low-care needs now choosing to remain at home, reducing the demand for low-care residential facilities such as Millbank.

According to a Millbank Village nurse, who asked to remain anonymous, jaws hit the floor last Tuesday when Blue Care representatives made the shock announcement.

"There were some visibly upset people," she said.

She said about 50 nurses work at the facility and their primary concern was with the residents as they prepared for a significant adjustment to their lives. …

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