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Carers left behind in RAT race

Carers across the Central Coast and the people they care for have been left vulnerable and exposed to COVID-19, because of this Government’s failure to shore up supply of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs).

21 January 2022

 

LIKE many Coasties, local carers are struggling to access RATs at Ma time when tests are scarce and COVID-19 cases are at an all-time high.

 

This is leaving them and the people they care for at serious risk.

 

“It is critical for carers to access RATs when they need to, so they don’t spread the virus to some of the most vulnerable people in our community, including the elderly and people living with a disability,” Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride said.

 

“For many carers who have limited paid employment because of their caring responsibilities, RATs are unaffordable.

 

“Many carers don’t have a concession card either, so they aren’t eligible to receive free tests from the Government.”

 

Ms. McBride says it’s worrying that carers are being overlooked in the race to secure more RATs.

 

“This Government was warned in October last year they needed to shore up supply of Rapid Antigen Tests, but they didn’t listen.

 

“Now, vulnerable people including Australia’s 2.6 million carers are paying the price.

 

“Free RATs should be distributed to carers through known service providers so they can continue to provide care, safely.”

 

With supermarket shelves stripped bare due to supply issues, carers are also struggling to access essential goods like groceries.

 

While some businesses offer priority access to goods for people on the NDIS, many carers and the people they care for do not meet the criteria and therefore, miss out.

 

The Government should encourage large retailers to include carers in their eligibility criteria to make sure they have the supplies they need.

 

Australian carers have been completely overlooked during this pandemic and they’re missing out on the essential healthcare and goods they need.

 

The Morrison Government needs to act, instead of letting vulnerable people fall through the cracks.

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