I blame Prime Ministers Morrison, Turnbull, Abbott, Rudd and Gillard. None did anything to fix the problem
Sydney's Newmarch House had a very high death toll as staff fled the facility, leaving residents unfed and unwashed. This was in the early days of COVID in Australia and we were on a steep learning curve but it is no excuse for our Federal Government that should have been prepared and is responsible for aged care.
St Basil's in Melbourne has also been a disaster with many more deaths. I am only using St Basil's as an example of the shocking situation of nursing home care in Australia. It could equally apply to many nursing homes.
Thanks to The Age newspaper and Channel 9 tv for information I will put into my own words.
St Basil's is essentially for the care of old Greek born Australians. They came to Australia as cheap labour, although paid appropriate wages. They did well and paid their taxes.
The Greek Orthodox Church looks after them in their dotage at St Basil's. I would expect they pay most of their old age pension for their care. I don't really have a problem with that.
There is a police investigation underway, a coronial investigation underway, as well as a class legal suit by family underway.
If The Age is to be believed, 90% of St Basil's last year funding of $13 million comes from the Federal Government. Of this the nursing home pays over $2 million a year as rent back to the Greek Orthodox Church. I've no idea where the Greek born Australian pensioners' money goes.
Let me make this clear. The Greek Orthodox Church owns St Basil's nursing home and the nursing home pays the the Greek Orthodox Church $2 million a year in rent, meanwhile being propped up by our Federal Government for 90% of its funding. The local council says the rental is twice what it should be on council valuation of the property. The death toll at St Basil's has been horrendous.
Crooks, liars, thieves and charlatans and almost adding murderers. Our aged care system is very broken and be afraid as there is a good chance that we all may need it at some point.