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Aged Care campaign comes to Coast

Our Turn to Care...

Aged Care campaign comes to Coast Lake Haven RFBI, where the action will take place. CREDIT:

Members of the Health Services Union are calling on the federal government to reinstate $3 billion worth of funding to the Aged Care sector.

They're preparing to rally at Lake Haven's Royal Freemasons Benevolent Institution at 12:30, demanding funding cuts over the last four years be reversed.

It's the NSW launch of a national campaign by the HSU "Our turn to Care".

Secretary Gerard Hayes says the Central Coast has a high population of aged care residents, which is leaving us disproportionately affected by staff shortages and substandard care.

"Each Aged Care Facility is under huge financial pressure," MR Hayes said this morning.

"We're seeing some aged care facilities who don't have fire compliance up to date, and have had to seek extensions to be able to that due to the money not being there. We're seeing our members using gloves more than once because there aren't enough."

"These basic things are incredibly important and the fact of the matter is, unless the three billion dollars gets put back in, all providers will struggle to give the appropriate level of care and dignity to all the people living within the system."