Queensland Nurses Union will act on aged care privatisation
MEMBERS of the Queensland Nurses Union agreed overwhelmingly to start an active campaign against the privatisation of Rockhampton's two public nursing homes.
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service chairman, Charles Ware announced plans last month to privatise the facilities at North Rockhampton and Eventide.
Queensland Nurses Union regional organiser, David Abraham said about 20 staff met with the union on Monday with concerns about the distress being caused to patients, relatives and staff.
"What will happen to those residents who are struck down with an illness that leads to behavioural problems other non-government facilities can't manage?
"What will happen to residents with a mental illness that can be cared for in a specific psycho geriatric unit, but are not managed in the non-government sector?" he said.
But Member for Keppel, Bruce Young said the move to privatisation had been going on for some time, as part of national health reform.
He referred to a "seamless transition" when the Gus Moore Nursing Home on the Capricorn Coast closed.
"Nothing was said then," he said.
Mr Abraham didn't buy Mr Young's comparison.
"Negotiations for that transfer commenced in 2005,'' he said.
"There was a guarantee that staff would not be made redundant…and could access training to enhance their skills.
"Do we have that guarantee?"
Mr Young said expressions of interest were being called for the management of the nursing homes.