GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:06:17): My question is to the Minister for Health, representing the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers. Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has long supported the implementation of nurse-to-patient ratios in all aged-care homes. The Aged Care Royal Commission has received numerous submissions from members of the public, patients and nurses also calling for nurse-to-patient ratios in order to ensure that a high level of care is maintained. The nurses union is also lobbying for mandated aged-care staffing ratios, which it estimates would cost an additional $5.3 billion over six years nationally. My question is: is the minister able to provide any insight into whether the Andrews government is considering mandating nurse-to-patient ratios in aged care?
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