Well, this is curious. The two elderly care commissioners who chaired the Royal Commission on the Care of the Elderly came to different conclusions on how to reform the sector. The report is should be released today.




St Basils in Fawkner during Melbourne's second wave of Covid-19 in July.

St Basils in Fawkner during Melbourne’s second wave of Covid-19 in July. Photograph: Daniel Pockett / AAP

It’s part of an AAP story:

The two commissioners responsible for presenting the findings of the royal commission on care for the elderly are said to have come to different conclusions on how the sector should be reformed and financed.

The final report of the two-and-a-half-year federal inquiry was received by the government on Friday and is should include more than 100 recommendations.

however The Australian newspaper tells the contrasting philosophical opinions of the commissioners Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs came to mixed conclusions.

Citing multiple sources, the document says the report contains mixed recommendations for a new model that would mean either higher taxes or higher paying contributions for users to correct funding gaps.

The Australian said the report would be released on Monday, followed by an interim government response.

More detailed commitments are expected in the May federal budget.

Health Minister Greg Hunt says the commission the final report is “monumental” in scope and vision.

“The full report … will be released as soon as we have a chance to work on the eight volumes, but it will be in the very, very near future,” he told reporters on Sunday.

The the commission has told countless stories of abuse and neglect over two years of hearings, with its 2019 interim document calling for a complete overhaul of a “woefully inadequate” system.

He found that there was a drug abuse to “hold” elderly residents, while young people with disabilities were stuck in the care of the elderly.

Pay and conditions for staff were poor, heavy workloads and severe there were difficulties in recruiting and retaining, he also noted.

Mandatory staffing ratios, increased regulatory powers and new laws to protect the rights of older people are among the recommendations made by the lawyers assisting the commission.

The sector, which is mainly funded by the Commonwealth, has come under increased surveillance during the pandemic with 685 elderly care residents who died from Covid-19.