Trish Yocklunn at the protest opposed to the privatisation of Rockhampton public nursing homes held at Kershaw Gardens. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Trish Yocklunn at the protest opposed to the privatisation of Rockhampton public nursing homes held at Kershaw Gardens. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Sale uncertainty creates anxiety for residents and nurses

RESIDENTS and nurses of Eventide Home and North Rockhampton Nursing Centre are suffering anxiety as the uncertainty of their future has been dragged out further, a union spokeswoman says.

The two State Government facilities have been unable to attract more than one buyer or an acceptable bid since the LNP announced their pending sales in January 2013. Queensland Nurses' Union (QNU) State Secretary Beth Mohle (pictured) said yesterday, residents and nurses at the aged care homes were experiencing anxiety.

"Patients and staff are experiencing anxiety due to concerns about long-term accommodation and job security," Ms Mohle said.

"First Mr Newman promised not to sell off Queensland assets without a mandate. Now he keeps the elderly and those who care for them in a tortured state of limbo. "Uncertainty regarding your home or employment is a great source of anxiety. Draw that uncertainty out over more than 12 months and the pressure becomes near unbearable."

A further 25 residents are awaiting an outcome on the future delivery of State Government medical services which currently allow them to remain at home.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service chief executive Len Richards said it was now back to the drawing board to try to find other organisations to take over the provision of CQHHS's Rockhampton aged care licences.



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