CQ Hospital and Health Service to privatise aged care
THE future of aged care facilities in Rockhampton became uncertain yesterday with the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) announcing it was seeking to privatise the city's nursing homes.
CQHHS board chairman Charles Ware said an expression of interest had been issued to take over the 200 aged-care licences for North Rockhampton Nursing Centre and Eventide Home Rockhampton and 25 community-based care packages.
"I want to make it very clear that we will care for all residents until an alternative placement is made and no resident will be thrown out with nowhere to go," Mr Ware said.
"It is unclear at this stage what the outcome of this change will be for staff, but every effort will be made to support them throughout the process."
Mr Ware said Queensland Health currently provided care for less than 5% of residential aged care facility residents.