Members of the country’s largest union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) have declared their unanimous support for a new national campaign aimed at fixing the crisis in aged care, for the sake of elderly nursing home residents and their families.
As part of the campaign, Assistant Federal Secretary Annie Butler said the ANMF will publically name providers who continue to compromise the care being provided to elderly nursing home residents, as a result of inadequate staffing ratios.
“Too many nurses have been sacked and thousands of care hours slashed – it’s clear that providers are putting profits before their staff and the people they care for,” Ms Butler said today from the ANMF’s Biennial National Conference in Hobart.
“Today, our members have said ‘enough is enough’ and have unanimously declared their support for a new campaign to fix the crisis in aged care.
“At nursing homes across Australia, highly-trained nurses are being sacked and thousands of care hours slashed. The ANMF’s survey of aged care workers show that almost 80 Bupa workers alone say they’re being required to care for the same number of residents with less staff and/or less care hours.
“In the lead-up to the federal election, a key component of our campaign will be to hold aged care providers to account on how they use taxpayers’ money.“
Ms Butler said ANMF members also unanimously passed a special resolution that the conference “stands in ‘absolute unity with Victorian Branch members in BUPA aged care facilities in their industrial action seeking fair and just wages, improved staffing and conditions.
“This conference condemns in the strongest possible terms the behaviour of BUPA management in their attempts to intimidate and harass nurses and carers undertaking protected industrial action.”
ANMF members acknowledged Senator Derryn Hinch for introducing his Aged Care Amendment (Ratio of Skilled Staff to Care Recipients Bill 2017), aimed at ensuring that safe, quality care is provided to nursing home residents and thanked the Senator for placing aged care staffing on the parliamentary agenda.
The ANMF, with over 259,000 members, is the industrial and professional voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.
ANMF media inquiries: 0411 254 390.