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Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said she would write to the Federal Government raising concerns about care for the elderly after eight other residents died with COVID-19.

Concerned Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath will write to the Federal Government on Tuesday about a number of issues she has identified with the aged care system.

The move comes after Queensland reported eight more residents of aged care facilities had died with COVID-19 – 80% of deaths recorded on Tuesday.

Since Sunshine State’s Omicron wave began in December, 107 of the 202 reported COVID-19 deaths in the state have occurred in aged care facilities.

“It’s worrying, we know they’re the most vulnerable. That’s why we’ve been saying all along that the priority for recalls should be in the elderly,” Ms D’Ath said.

“Of the 107 deaths we’ve had in elderly residents…only 10 of those people were boosted and I’m afraid 20 weren’t vaccinated at all.

“I am writing to the Commonwealth today about a number of aged care issues that concern me, including the exact rate of recalls from aged care residents.”

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Ms D’Ath said she had heard from families desperate for their loved ones in aged care facilities to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I hear people saying they’re begging senior care facility managers to bring people in to vaccinate their loved ones for booster shots,” she said.

“And this unfortunately happens after or at the same time that they start spreading COVID positive cases in institutions.

“I’m also writing to the Commonwealth about their plans for workforce shortages, PPE and rapid antigen testing in elderly care.”

Ms D’Ath took aim at the federal government’s announcement of two bonuses of up to $400 for aged care workers.

More than 230,000 workers in the sector will receive payment in their bank account this month and the second in early May – just before the federal election scheduled for later that month.

Government-subsidized home care workers and residential aged care staff providing “direct care, food or cleaning services” will see the money automatically transferred, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed on Monday evening.

Ms D’Ath said it was ‘a slap in the face to staff, to these facilities and to all the families and loved ones with people in aged care facilities’ because what they really needed was c t was that the recommendations of the Royal Commission be implemented.

“I’m very concerned about what I hear in elder care, I hear of residents locked behind doors for days on end,” she said.

“I worry about adequate food and staff to provide healthy meals for residents, I worry about adequate staff and I am very concerned that there are not enough elderly residents receiving the reminder.”

There were 7,588 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in Queensland on Tuesday, up slightly from the 7,462 recorded on Monday.

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