Federal Labor’s pledge to fix the aged care crisis is a “significant announcement” which will make a real difference to the sector, says HammondCare’s CEO Mike Baird.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese made a $2.5 billion pledge to improve Australia’s aged care facilities in Thursday evening’s budget reply.
The plan would entail a significant boost to the workforce, something Mr Baird said was an “incredibly important thing”.
The five-point plan includes having 24/7 registered nurses at all facilities, hiring more carers, a boost in pay for workers, higher food standards and ensuring providers have greater accountability.
Mr Baird, former Liberal Premier of NSW, encouraged the Coalition government to support the opposition’s plan.
“I would love the federal government to come and say: ‘No we understand, we do recognise and we do value just as the opposition did last night’," he told Sky News Australia.
“Announcements like last night, it gives us an ability to send very strong messages and the message is, this work is going to be paying a fair wage."
“This is just the sort of boost that could help, and I think make a real difference.”