Families battle to keep beds

Sunday 28th October, 2012

About 300 relatives yesterday protested against a decision to force elderly people out of State Government nursing homes.

"If these residents are moved, some of them will be dead in six months. They can't take it,'' former worker Don Kelly told the rally outside the Eventide Aged Care Campus at Brighton in Brisbane's north. "I hope to God we can win.''

Eighty beds are earmarked for closure there, with another 140 to go at homes in Wynnum, Kippa-Ring and Zillmere.

The Queensland Nurses Union fears 1500 could be at risk, statewide.

Local member and Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan described it as an ``outrageous, stupid and cruel decision''.

Families have set up a web page to fight the bed closures: