MURWILLUMBAH AGED CARE CRISIS CANNOT BE IGNORED

Murwillumbah Aged Care crisis cannot be ignored

8th February 2008

“…Murwillumbah needs 100 more aged care beds not 100 fewer …”

Member for Lismore Thomas George today said the Federal Labor Government and its Richmond MP could not ignore the looming Murwillumbah aged care crisis.

Mr George, whose electorate includes Murwillumbah, said his office had already received a number of phone calls from concerned residents who had been unable to get satisfactory answers from Richmond Labor Federal MP Justine Elliot, following the news that the 100-bed Murwillumbah Nursing Home was set to close.

“With its ageing population, Murwillumbah needs 100 more aged care beds not 100 fewer,” Mr George said.

“This is happening at a time when facilities at Murwillumbah Hospital are under constant cost-cutting attacks from the State Labor Government, and the Federal Labor Government is boasting about its plans to move older Australians out of public hospital beds and into nursing homes.”

“I call on Ms Elliot who is also the Federal Minister for Ageing to get involved and broker a common sense solution.”

“Using so-called legal restrictions to stand by while more than 100 frail seniors risk losing their homes is just not good enough,” Mr George concluded.

Thomas George: 0427 360 781 or 6621 3624

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577