Aged care revamp
ELDERLY Australians will be protected from dodgy nursing home operators under sweeping changes to lift safety and quality standards across the aged care system.
The Herald Sun can reveal a new safety watchdog and critical incident response units will be established by the Turnbull Government to look after more than 1.3 million seniors in aged care.
The watchdog will be the single point of contact.
“Our senior Australians have built the nation that we enjoy today,” Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt told the Herald Sun.
“They have rightly earned the respect of the community and must be cared for with the dignity they deserve.”
A SUPPOSEDLY independent report into how Australia’s largest wealth manager AMP charged clients fees for services they didn’t receive went through 25 draft versions with changes from the company.
A senior executive at the company has admitted to the banking royal commission that he marked up changes to draft versions of the law firm Clayton Utz’s document while the board also made changes before it was signed off.
It was then presented to the corporate watchdog, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, as an independent document last year — something AMP group executive for advice Jack Regan now admits he feels “a level of discomfort” about.
Among the changes was the removal of chief executive Craig Meller’s name from a list of people interviewed as part of an investigation into the unlawful and deliberate decision to continue charging fees to a group of “orphan” clients for three months despite them receiving no advice services.
Counsel assisting the commission Michael Hodge presented emails suggesting it was removed because it might “attract unnecessary attention by ASIC”.