People with incontinence told to go on waiting list as program runs out of cash, say Greens
6 March 2013
Potentially hundreds of people are having their quality of life destroyed by the State Government’s failure to adequately fund a support scheme for people with incontinence.
“Incontinence is not something people like to talk about but is it a common problem and for people who live with this every day, it can ruin their quality of life,” Greens spokesperson for Disability Alison Xamon said.
“The necessary incontinence products can cost up to $40 or more per week, which is quite clearly an impossible expense for people on low or fixed incomes to afford.
“There is a State Government scheme which provides means-tested assessments and subsidies for people with continence problems.
“The Continence Management and Advice Service (CMAS), which is run by Silver Chain, consists of a subsidy for up to $490 a year for products.
“It has come to my attention that since December Silver Chain has not been funded to take on any new clients for this program.
“They can assess people and determine that they are eligible for assistance, but then instead of receiving the subsidy, these people are put on a waiting list.
“We are talking about potentially hundreds of people on low or fixed incomes languishing on a waiting list for an unknown period of time while their life becomes increasingly difficult.”
Ms Xamon said the lack of funding was disgraceful and she called for funds to be made available as a priority in order to provide the necessary support for the WACMSS program.
“I find it appalling that while Colin Barnett is swanning about at the top end of town, making literally billions of dollars in election promises, his Government has put the axe through this small but essential program.
“While Mr Barnett focuses on spending the riches coming his way as a result of the mining boom, once again the Greens see that the little people are failing to receive even the most basic services.
“People deserve better and here we are talking about a very basic quality of life issue for some people with disability or health issues who are struggling to make ends meet every day.”
Hon Alison Xamon MLC
Member for the East Metropolitan Region
Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051
Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931
Phone: (08) 9272 1718
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