New victims of botched Home and Community Care privatisation

EDITORIAL: The effects of the botched privatisation of the Home and Community Care program flow on, and some of the most vulnerable in the Fraser Coast community are paying the price - literally and figuratively.

Pensioners who need the in-home care service now must make a co-payment of $5 an hour towards the cost.

To add insult to injury, they must also buy the cleaning products to be used, from a supplied two-page list of chemicals.

Five dollars an hour probably doesn't sound like more than a token to a decision-maker in George St, Brisbane.

But that can be the make-or-break margin for a pensioner struggling with the surging costs of rates, power, home maintenance and groceries.

It's enough to make you sick, and that too has happened to some HACC clients, as the stress of change, loss of familiar care workers and financial worries have taken their toll.

Ozcare emphasises its focus on the clients and on continuity of service.

That is to be applauded.

The Chronicle looks forward to hearing how that service is rolling out and the not-for-profit organisation's opinion on the new impost, which was not available yesterday.

Change is inevitable, often necessary, but once again we ask that the powers-that-be - national, state and local - focus on the people affected by the changes they make.