A new law has been passed by the Albanese government requiring registered nurses to be on site 24 hours a day at all aged care facilities.
The Albanese government suggests that for issues a nurse can solve on the spot, thousands of trips to hospital emergency departments will be avoided, saving both stress and money.
Aged & Community Care Providers Association interim chief executive Paul Sadler said one in five providers, totalling 500 aged care homes, would simply not be able to put a nurse on every day and would also struggle on weekends during this staffing crisis. Many providers are likely to seek exemptions as they struggle to fill shifts.
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