Aged Care Interim Report
THE findings of the interim report by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety should not have come as any surprise to Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck, nor Shadow Minister Julie Collins, as preceding hearings across the nation lucidly demonstrated a dysfunctional aged care system.
The Commonwealth Government contributes about 80 per cent of aged care funding, and therefore has a responsibly to restructure aged care to one of placing the individual first, (not profit), and a multi-disciplinary approach, encompassing and coordinating a wide number of health professionals where required.
An increase in funding to enable more elderly Australians to live safely at home, will eventually ameliorate the initial expenditure, as a long term strategy will have a combined increase of social benefit, complemented with an economic dividend.
An increase in funding without structural change to aged care, will only increase the profits of aged care institutions.
If the government is unwilling or unable to restructure aged care, common law may be an alternative, where class action may be presented to the courts on behalf of residents where privacy has been breached, illegal chemical and physical restraint enforced, and where basic human rights have been denied.
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea.
I'm Sydney born but married a Tasmanian so I've lived in Launceston for almost 50 years, and I love it here.
It's true a lot of Tasmanians just aren't used to seeing other races; I'm a world traveller and lived overseas for six years in black-skinned countries which was fabulous and an experience in being the different one.
Broadens the mind and lifts your tolerance levels I promise you.
Multiculturalism is the way of the future but I believe once we get over the short-term pain the real gain will be several generations from now, we will be richer for it.
Sue Saunders, South Launceston.
Loss of Freedom of Speech
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison says his anti-boycott law will stop selfish and indulgent practices.
These self-same selfish and indulgent practices were used to great purpose to bring down apartheid, not mention the evils of slavery. To me, his language seems to indicate another blow against the freedoms we all take for granted.
Peter Taylor, Midway Point.
Uber drivers CBD parking?
TO THE story published in (The Examiner, November 5), I wish to bring to the attention of Launceston City Council, Cityprom, coffee houses and restaurants that allowing Uber Eats to take on food deliveries to households and businesses is appearing not to be a long-lasting relationship in many municipalities across Australia.
Recently returning from a trip to Queensland, I discovered lots of various media articles relating to, "Uber Eats", as not the saviour for the takeaway food industry as was predicted.
Many Brisbane and suburban-based food businesses had closed with many more about to serve their last coffee and meal due to the downturn of patrons, Uber's 35 per cent cut and the danger posed to many pedestrians from motorbikes riding up onto footpaths. Several stories covered the many injured pedestrians and the need for designated five-minute parking spaces.
In the small city of Launceston where several more retail businesses large and small are about to close before or after Christmas, is the need for businesses to adapt to this new digital reality of retail an absolute necessity?
Cityprom, along with the Launceston City Council are collaborating on many new exciting initiatives to stimulate much retail activity that encourages families to come to town to participate in a meal together, taking in a movie and enjoying the touch/feel interactive experience of shopping.
Let's not forget good old-fashioned family values and support businesses that create employment for all.
Bruce Webb, Launceston.
LAST week, while going about my normal daily routine, around 4pm I was suddenly in crippling pain. My wife managed to get me to my doctor at Riverside Medical Centre, where after an examination he referred me to the Launceston General Hospital.
On arrival I was quickly assessed and without much delay was given a scan and ultrasound to determine the problem and the treatment required. In the ensuing hours I was carefully monitored and checked that the treatment was progressing. My reason for writing is that our hospital receives so much negative publicity which is unfair.
I wish to convey my thanks to the medical staff who treated me in a very professional manner and also with great kindness and care, even though at times there were extremely busy, they still had a smile for the patients. I am very grateful to all who looked after me during a worrying time.
Wayne Boyd, Riverside.
REMEMBER when our Canberra pollies were transported in Holdens? And now, instead of perhaps Hyundai or Kia price equivalents. The taxpayer has to fork out for luxury BMWs. For some events, a luxury car is, of course, appropriate, but in the event of the majority of short trips home or local events usually, with only one individual, cars such as the electric Toyota Prius and similar cars would not only be far cheaper to purchase, with much less expenditure.
Absolutely proven by taxi usage results, but would also send an excellent message to fellow Australians that our government is not only willing to embrace savings on expenditure, but are also showing a willingness to do their bit for the environment.