Sunday, December 26, 2010

AUSTRALIA: DIOCESE NEGOTIATES AGED CARE

CATH NEWS REPORT: The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has announced that it will enter into exclusive negotiations with Little Company of Mary Health Care for the transfer of CatholicCare's residential and community aged care services, said a media release.

Subject to the satisfactory completion of those negotiations, the undertaking of final due diligence by Little Company of Mary Health Care, and necessary government approvals, it is anticipated that Little Company of Mary Health Care would commence operating the aged and community care services of CatholicCare from April 1, 2011.

This follows a process during which several Catholic aged care providers expressed interest in continuing the aged care ministry of CatholicCare in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

A transfer will increase the long-term financial stability of the Diocese and help support its charitable and pastoral works and allow for the development of current and future ministry needs, said the statement.

Maitland-Newcastle's Bishop Michael Malone noted that Little Company of Mary Health Care has committed to the continuing employment of all of the aged and community care staff of CatholicCare, including those in the Corporate Office, on their current terms and conditions.

Bishop Michael commented that "While any decision of this type is always difficult and potentially distressing for those affected by it, I am satisfied that, if the negotiations and due diligence can be satisfactorily concluded, the transfer of the aged care services of CatholicCare to Little Company of Mary Health Care would ultimately benefit the people of the Hunter-Manning."

http://www.cathnews.com/article.aspx?aeid=24657

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