Thursday, 4 May 2017

Haste and poor care plans under NDIS a ticking social time bomb says union

PSA Media release:

Critical care plans under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) are poor and in such disarray, a peak body, National Disability Services have felt the need to release a report titled “How to get the NDIS on track,” says the Public Service Association (PSA).

“This report and the reasons behind its release goes to the heart of the PSA’s concern in NSW about the capacity of the NDIS to handle the full range of disability services provided by Ageing Disability and Home Care once ADHC has been removed from the picture,” said PSA Assistant General Secretary, Troy Wright.

“The fact a peak body, National Disability Services have felt compelled to issue to a report with 24 recommendations literally about getting the scheme back on the rails before it has been implemented should be of enormous concern to hundreds of thousands of families”.

“The NSW Government has been framing the NDIS as a some miracle cure, an all things to everyone service provider but with strict eligibility provisions buried in the fine print as many families are slowly discovering.”

“This union’s huge concern is that the NSW Government is tearing down a long standing expert public service and transferring it to private interests, washing its hands of any duty of care, while the evidence continues to mount that the NDIS has serious issues in relation to capacity, funding and care plans.”

“NSW will be the only state in Australia with no Government safety net for people with disability and now one of the peak disability bodies has officially raised serious concerns about its roll out.”