The Senate has censured embattled Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck over bungles in management of COVID outbreaks in nursing homes in Victoria.
At least 460 people have died of coronavirus in Australian aged care homes, with Senator Colbeck facing calls by the opposition to resign.
The motion, by Penny Wong, passed 25-21, with Senator Wong alleging that the government “failed to protect aged-care residents from COVID-19 by ignoring warnings from experts and unions”.
450 of the 481 of the Aged care deaths in Australia have occurred in Victoria (93.6%), with most of the remaining deaths in New South Wales.
This is shown at the graph at: health.gov.au
There are now 126 nursing homes affected by coronavirus in Australia.
Australia has nearly 9,000 aged care services outlets, managed by over 3,000 aged care providers in the country.
It appears that Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck has only managed to get it right in about 8,800 aged care services outlets, and stuffed up in 126 of them.
Aug 24, 2020
Scott Morrison has defended the government’s efforts to protect aged-care residents from coronavirus, saying 92 per cent of Australian nursing homes are COVID-free.
The majority of cases are in Victoria, 16 nursing homes have experienced a “significant” impact from COVID-19; four have had a “severe” impact and, as of yesterday morning, the number that have been “significantly impacted has been reduced to three”.