Labor wants to know if there is an adequate supply of personal protective equipment in Tasmanian aged care homes but the Minister says there is no shortage.
Opposition ageing and seniors spokeswoman and MHR for Franklin, Julie Collins, said an audit was needed to ensure there was enough in the event of another COVID-19 outbreak in the state.
She said she was concerned about a shortage of PPEs particularly in Victoria.
"If you are getting a request from 1,300 providers for personal protective equipment why don't you do a proper audit to find out how much these facilities have, how much they are going to need if there is an outbreak?" Ms Collins said.
"If we had an outbreak here in Tasmania tomorrow do we know that the aged care facilities have enough personal protective equipment?
" We don't know. We should know but we don't know."
Aged Care Minister Senator Richard Colbeck said suggestions the government was failing to adequately provide PPE's were inaccurate.
"In the early stages of this pandemic, there was a global shortage of PPE and the Commonwealth Government was focused on ensuring facilities, particularly those with outbreaks, had priority access to stock," Senator Colbeck said.
"Now, there is no shortage of PPEs. We have put five million masks into Victoria to support requirement that all workers in residential aged care across the hotspots have to wear PPE."
Senator Colbeck said 11 million masks have been approved for dispatch this week, including 7 million masks to States and Territories to support those working on the front line in public hospitals, and a further 1.7 million for the aged care sector.
Southern Cross Care chief executive Robyn Boyd said there were enough supplies at her Tasmanian homes.
"I have checked with our facility managers and we have a good store of all PPE as part of our outbreak prevention and management strategy," Ms Boyd said.