Well this is curious. The two aged care commissioners who presided over the aged care royal commission have reportedly arrived at different conclusions about how to reform the sector. The report is set to be released today.
This is part of a story from AAP:
The two commissioners charged with delivering the findings of the aged care royal commission have reportedly arrived at differing conclusions on how the sector should be reformed and funded.
The final report of the two-and-a-half-year federal inquiry was received by the government on Friday and is expected to include more than 100 recommendations.
However The Australian newspaper says the contrasting philosophical views of commissioners Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs has resulted in split findings.
Citing multiple sources, the paper says the report contains contrasting recommendations for a new model that would mean either higher taxes or greater-user pay contributions to fix funding shortfalls.
The Australian says the report will be released on Monday, with an interim government response to follow.
More detailed commitments are expected in the May federal budget.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says the commission’s final report is “monumental” in its scope and vision.
“The full report … will be released as soon as we’ve had a chance to work through the eight volumes but that will be in the very, very near future,” he told reporters on Sunday.
The commission was told countless tales of abuse and neglect across two years of hearings, with its 2019 interim paper urging a complete overhaul of a “woefully inadequate” system.
It found there was an overuse of drugs to “restrain” aged care residents, while younger people with disabilities were stuck in aged care.
Pay and conditions for staff were poor, workloads heavy and severe difficulties existed in recruitment and retention, it also noted.
Mandated staffing ratios, increased regulatory powers and new laws to protect the rights of elderly people are among recommendations made by lawyers assisting the commission.
The sector, which is predominantly funded by the commonwealth, has come under increased scrutiny during the pandemic with 685 aged care residents dying from Covid-19.