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'Lessons will be learned' from aged care crisis: PM

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Prime Minster Scott Morrison has responded to claims made before the Aged Care Royal Commission with regards to the federal government’s planned aged care response to the coronavirus crisis.

One aged care expert told the commission the lives of a number of elderly patients were lost prematurely due to the government’s failure to act.

In a Facebook video, the Prime Minister reassured Australians any “shortcomings” unearthed by the commission would be duly acknowledged.

“The lessons will be learned,” he said.

Council Assistant to RC Peter Rozen QC also said there needed to be a “planned proportionate response to protect the elderly, frail residents in nursing homes from this pernicious virus”.

He said not enough was done by Commonwealth health officials to improve their response in the time period between the virus outbreaks in Sydney’s Newmarch House and Dorothy Henderson Lodge and the rise of community transmission in Melbourne in June.

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