The federal government has been sitting on advice about boosting the number of home care packages since at least February, the department of health has revealed, as the Coalition faces calls to immediately address a home care waiting list of 120,000. Information provided by the department in response to a question on notice from Labor, shows that the Coalition received information and costings on changes to home care packages in the lead up to the April budget. The department confirmed that it had provided the advice to government after it announced in February that it would provide $282m for an extra 10,000 home care packages. It did not provide any extra funding for places in the budget despite having the advice from the department about how to do so. The information was provided “in the budget context”, the department confirmed. Labor calls for immediate aged care funding boost following […]