Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union Acting Secretary Sandra Eales said chronic understaffing was leaving aged care staff
Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union Acting Secretary Sandra Eales said chronic understaffing was leaving aged care staff "deeply distressed”. Supplied

Shifts 'dried up' when aged care workers complain: union

WHILE the aged care minister is pushing for staff to report unsafe practices, the Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union claim it's not that simple.

A "secret" audit conducted by the union in May found 79 per cent of employees said staffing levels were unsafe, 53 per cent said the lack of staff led to increased falls and a further 68 per cent said they didn't have time to properly clean residents.

Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said it was "imperative" that aged care workers had the "confidence to report concerning, unacceptable or illegal practices immediately to the appropriate authorities".

"The wellbeing, safety and care of often frail and vulnerable older Australians is the top priority," he said.

"Services who fail to deliver are identified and must undertake immediate improvement."

Read the full story at the Sunshine Coast Daily


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