Protestors brave the rain to try save Rocky nursing homes
TRISH Yocklunn simply can't afford to have her husband lose his home.
Trish's husband is a resident at North Rockhampton's Eventide, one of two Rockhampton nursing homes under threat of privatisation.
Yesterday she braved the rain, along with about 20 other nursing home staff members, residents and supporters, at a Queensland Nurses Union rally at Kershaw Gardens protesting against the planned privatisation of Eventide and North Rockhampton Nursing Home.
The rally coincided with the cut-off date for expressions of interests in the nursing homes.
Trish was afraid her husband would have to pay a pricey bond if the nursing home was privatised.
"This is not only going to affect my husband," she said.
"What about the cleaners, the suppliers, and all their family members.
"This will have a significant impact on their families who may struggle to find another job if staff members lose theirs."
The union said more than 200 nursing positions would be cut from public Rockhampton nursing homes if they are privatised.
The union said they confirmed 114 positions would go at the North Rockhampton facility and 94 were on the chopping block at Eventide.
Union regional organiser David Abraham said the rally was arranged to put-off potential buyers from tendering for the nursing homes.
"These facilities need to stay in the Queensland public system because the state government will provide a safety net for the residents," Mr Abraham said.
"This government is quite happy to spend millions of dollars to build themselves better accommodation in Brisbane.
"Yet for those people who have worked hard all their lives to develop Queensland into the state it is today there is nothing.
"It is difficult to imagine how anyone would feel if without notice you get told the government is selling your home."
Central Queensland Hospital and Health service board chairman Charles Ware has previously stated that all residents would be cared for until an alternative placement was made.
He said the changes were part of a national health reform.