Steve Dozspot is raising a hue and cry over the case of Karyn Costello who has, apparently, been living in hospital for two years because her disabilities have on into the “too hard basket”.
“Ms Costello has been confined to a wheelchair, forced to wait since 2007 in Canberra Hospital for a Disability ACT Individual Support Package (ISP), which would enable her to live at home.
“Karyn’s needs were last assessed for an ISP in June 2008 and her requirements were then categorised as being at the highest level.
“Since the assessment last year, her condition has improved and Karyn has now regained minimal use of her arms and hands.
“Despite this improvement, which would significantly reduce the assistance required, it appears the Government is still under the assumption that Karyn’s case is too complicated and costly to address.
“I have last written to the Minister for Disability on the 7th April asking for an urgent new assessment of Ms Costello. To date, I have not received any response from the Government on when Ms Costello’s reassessment will take place and no indication of a timeline to resolve this case.
The lesson here might be to approach a Government MLA first if one has a problem?