Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed called on the Andrews Government to help save Murchison’s aged care home.
Speaking on the floor of the Victorian Parliament today, Ms Sheed said the home is well run and central to the well-being of the township.
“It’s a home that’s been sufficiently staffed. It’s a home that provided a standard that won’t be talked about at the Royal Commission into Aged Care because there will be no need to,” Ms Sheed said.
“Now that community is being punished for caring for its elderly at a standard above and beyond. This has led to financial ruin and elderly folk are being transported as we speak to foreign environments away from their own communities, isolated from their families and devastated by the confusion and grief of the closure of their familiar caring nursing home.”
Ms Sheed is calling on both Victorian state government and its federal counterpart to step in and ensure the home remains open.
“The administrators have come in and are winding up the facility. We can’t let this happen,” she said.
“We need a government with a heart and soul to step in to save this small community nursing home and give some hope back to the people of a small country town in northern Victoria currently in despair.”
Later today, Ms Sheed will meet with the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan to lobby the Andrews Government directly.
“Minister Donnellan has been a good friend to this region and I hope he can see the value in keeping this vital service open.”
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