Acquisition ‘will not’ affect home


Moves to acquire the lease and aged care operation of Dubbo Nursing Home will not affect staff levels or services, according to its operators.

The Daily Liberal was contacted by a resident health care worker concerned the recent lease acquisition of the home from Moran Health Care Group by Principal Aged Care would result in an unnecessarily tumultuous period at Christmas.

However Moran spokesman David Reid said while the lease may have changed, “that was about it”.

He said Moran will continue to provide management support services under contract for a period of two years to ensure minimum disruption to the residents and staff, and to ensure the continuity of care.

Following that period the services will be provided directly by the AMP-backed Principal Aged Care.

“In terms of patient care nothing will change. The standard of care we offer is the industry benchmark and that will continue,” he said.

Principal Aged Care acquired the leases and operations of 39 residential aged care homes, comprising 3068 beds – of which 80 are in Dubbo – in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia for $129.3 million in October.

The 3500 staff, including all those at Dubbo Nursing Home, were offered employment by Principal Aged Care under their current terms and conditions.

Moran Health Care Group director of operations Mark Moran said the sale enabled the group to consider future growth.

“This transaction provides us with the resources to acquire, develop and manage facilities in a sector to which we have been committed to as high quality providers for more than 50 years,” he said.

“The Moran Group remains Australia’s largest member of aged care beds with over 4000 beds currently under management.”

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