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Independent Member for Clark, Andrew Wilkie, has welcomed the news of the resignation of Southern Cross Care Tasmania Chief Executive Officer, Robyn Boyd.

“After countless complaints from residents and their families about Southern Cross Care Tasmania, I’m pleased to hear that there are very significant changes at the top of the organisation,” Mr Wilkie said. “No doubt Advocacy Tasmania will also be breathing a sigh of relief considering they’ve represented more than 100 residents and their families in the last 12 months alone.

“Concerned about the safety of residents, I raised a series of concerns about Southern Cross Care Tasmania’s facilities repeatedly in the Federal Parliament. I also met with the Aged Care Minister, the Hon Anika Wells MP, as well as the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner, Ms Janet Anderson.

“The resignation of Ms Boyd, hot on the heels of the departure of Southern Cross Care Tasmania Board Chair Stephen Shirley, is a chance for a fresh start. While the hard-working and over-worked staff at Southern Cross Care Tasmania are doing a wonderful job, it is time for a change in the way the organisation is managed.

“I am looking forward to working with the new CEO, and have already spoken to the acting Chair who gives me confidence that change is coming to Southern Cross Care Tasmania.”