Lisa Chesters MP has welcomed news 160 jobs have been saved thanks to a commitment from the City of Greater Bendigo to deliver Health and Community Care (HACC) services for the next three years.
“It's a good call by City of Greater Bendigo Councillors. It demonstrates they have listened to the community and voted against outsourcing delivery of the Home and Community Care (HACC) services.
“This is the right decision. For the workers, the clients and the community,” said Ms Chesters.
Ms Chesters said the Council’s commitment would be a huge relief for both workers and clients who had experienced great anguish following the Council’s proposal to withdraw from HACC services from July this year.
“Some of the most vulnerable people in our community rely on the HACC services. The Council sets an important benchmark for the quality of these services, as well as the pay and conditions for workers. The private sector cannot guarantee the same level of care.
“Today’s announcement means workers and clients can breathe a collective sigh of relief,” said Ms Chesters.