End neo-liberal experiment: gutting of bureaucracy led to vaccine and aged care failures

Lynelle Briggs, one of the aged care royal commissioners has recommended that the federal Health Department be the major “service delivery agency” of the reforms the aged care sector so desperately needs. In the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety,  Briggs states: “The Australian Department of Health and Aged Care will need to step up to the requirements of a major hands-on service delivery agency if it is to lead and guide the aged care sector effectively through the reforms we recommend.”

The department simply does not have the capacity to be a “hands-on service delivery agency”. Its expertise is outsourcing.

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