THE NSW Nurses and Midwives Association is campaigning to retain a government role in the provision of services to people with disability.
Currently the NSW government is determined to move all clients from publicly provided services to the private sector, irrespective of what the clients or their carers want.
Clients with complex needs must be provided with adequate nursing care. There are no guarantees this will occur once services are privatised.
There are many examples where a client has been returned to a publicly-run residential centre because the group home model or private sector provider failed them.
Without the government as a provider of last resort, some clients will be left out in the cold. Who will care for the people with disability that no private provider wants or can handle? Sadly, they will end up in a public hospital or correctional centre. That’s not what the NDIS envisioned and that’s why we are calling on the NSW government to ensure that every person with disability can choose to continue to receive quality care in the location of their choice, by a provider of their choice, which must include the NSW government.