Seniors big slice of vote
SENIORS are pounding the pavement in their own political campaign.
Gladstone Branch of the National Seniors Association met with Member for Flynn Chris Trevor on Monday to discuss local and national concerns facing seniors.
Branch president Roy Jones said members had contacted Liberal National Party endorsed candidate Ken O’Dowd for a meeting but were still waiting for a response.
Issues discussed with Mr Trevor included the lack of an ICU at Gladstone Hospital, funding for a Tri-care Retirement Village, reversal of the Age Pension’s fortnightly income reporting requirements and unfair sterotypes depicting seniors as a burden on society.
Mr Jones said the hospital issues and cancer care unit took up some time.
“They want to put in one of those superclincs but we’ve got a perfectly good hospital that the surgical space got changed into offices,” he said.
“It was a good surgical ward.”
Older Australians yesterday welcomed the Liberal National Party’s plans to introduce 20,000 convalescence places and bring 3000 currently idle aged care beds into operation. National Seniors Australia chief executive Michael O’Neill said that despite critics suggesting the package was short term, Australians would not knock it.
“These new convalescent places will allow older patients the time to properly recover from procedures such as hip replacements before being sent home or into institutional care. What’s missing from the LNP’s announcement are measures to address chronic staffing shortages. There’s no point in having extra beds without the staff.”