The federal government has allocated nearly half a billion dollars for an immediate response to the 148 recommendations in the final report of the King of the Elderly Commission

The Aged Care Act of 1997 would also be torn apart, Health Secretary Greg Hunt said at the release of the 2000-page report on Monday afternoon

“This is going to be a significant process, but it is based on a simple concept of respect for the individual rather than worrying about vendors rather than money,” said Hunt

The creation of a new law was the first recommendation in the report, which was released on Friday, April 26 February, passed to the federal government, it is also recommended to establish the rights of those seeking care for the elderly

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government is providing an additional $ 452 million in funds to address immediate problems in the elderly care sector

“This is a challenge for all of us. Yes, the results of the work of this commission are as shocking as I imagined and frankly expected

“Australians need to be confident that their loved ones are being properly cared for and the community should have confidence in the system. This remains our clear goal”

Commissioner Tony Pagone, QC, recommended the establishment of a separate aged care commission as a Commonwealth company to maintain the aged care system and oversee quality and safety. He also recommended the creation of an aged care pricing authority and advisory board for aged care
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday included the Royal Commission in the final report on the quality and safety of elderly careCredit: Edwina Pickles

Commissioner Lynelle Briggs recommended always having a senior cabinet member responsible for elderly care, and said the Ministry of Health should be renamed the Ministry of Health and Elderly Care

“Some of the recommendations are fundamentally different from each other and explain why they are So the government obviously needs to work this through and take this into account, “he said

Vendors said the report was a “turning point” However, they were concerned that the commissioners could not agree on fundamental issues

Speaking for Australia’s Aged Care Collaboration, which represents more than 1,000 aged care providers, Pat Sparrow said it would take the sector time to go through the recommendations in detail

“The point is that the royal commissioners have not given a unanimous and clear position on how care for the elderly should be funded in the future,” she said

“The Royal Commission report is an important document, the culmination of a two-year investigation and requiring a carefully considered response,” he said

In the two years the royal commission heard from 641 witnesses, including local residents, staff, families and experts, it held hearings for almost 100 days, accepting more than 10500 public submissions and produced 38 reports and research reports including a special report on COVID-19

In its interim report, the Royal Commission found that the elderly care system for elderly Australians had failed

“It does not offer uniformly safe and high-quality care for the elderly. It is unkind and loveless towards them. In too many cases they are simply neglected,” it says

Mr Morrison said the government would provide a full response to the final report in the May budget

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Rachel Clun is a federal health policy reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age

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