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Patient’s are a virtue

You might not have realised it in the title, but the pun was intended. The saying goes that “patience is a virtue”, but what of our patients?

The most recent figures substantiate that our hospitals are struggling to cope with growing number of patients. The rising strain has resulted in an alarming increase in the number patient fatalities who are passing before they have even reached the operating table. This revelation is attributable to those in dire straits being placed on the never ending and dreaded “List”.

Last year was the most tragic faced by Melbournians, with 841 patient fatalities as a result of an ever growing waiting period. This equates to more than 16 of our fellow citizens passing away a week due to lack of resources! (more…)

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Aged Care residents are being shackled, assaulted and turned into ‘zombies’

A NEW report highlighting the need for urgent action to improve residential aged care includes case studies of people being shackled, assaulted, sedated against their wishes and turned into “zombies”.

Read More http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/residential-aged-care-report-says-people-are-being-shackled-assaulted-and-turned-into-zombies/story-e6frg6n6-1226758258945

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800 nursing home beds in Wales disappear in four years

Almost 800 nursing home beds have been closed in Wales over the past four years, according to figures obtained by BBC Wales.

It is claimed this has left families of sick, older residents struggling to find a new home for loved ones.

There are warnings that more homes in Wales could close, as they struggle with recruitment and rising costs.

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Audit will find aged care needs funds

The federal government’s commission of audit will find that the aged care sector has been chronically underfunded for a long time, an industry consultant predicts.

Read more http://www.skynews.com.au/politics/article.aspx?id=922768

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Health and financial benefits of reablement highlighted

New research has added to the growing body of evidence showing the positive impacts and cost savings associated with reablement services, with the authors calling for such services to be central in Australia’s reformed aged care system.

Read More – http://www.australianageingagenda.com.au/2013/11/05/health-and-financial-benefits-of-reablement-highlighted/

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