Oakden abuse triggers aged care royal commission
New Federal Government data has revealed there was a 177 per cent increase in the number of aged-care homes where a “serious risk” to residents had been identified in the last financial year.
There was also a 292 per cent increase in the number of facilities refusing to comply with rules.
Mr Morrison told the Sunday Mail he was “troubled” by the briefings he had received since taking the top job and had decided to act.
“Walking by these statistics was not possible,” Mr Morrison said. “I want to be satisfied, I want to know how widespread it is.”
The Coalition will spend the coming weeks consulting with stakeholders before announcing the terms of reference.
But the royal commission is Walking by these statistics was not possible. I want to be satisfied, I want to know how widespread it is expected to focus on care quality provided in private and government-run aged care homes.
The Sunday Mail understands it will also hear from young Australians with disabilities living in residential aged care homes.
Recently, privately owned aged-care facilities worth billions of dollars have come under fire from advocates for putting profit ahead of patients.
But Federal Government data shows that the surging number of complaints are not As a community, we expect high standards for the quality and safety of aged-care services restricted to any one part of the aged-care sector, whether it is for profit or not-for-profit.
The decision to hold a royal commission into aged care was also triggered by the Oakden elder abuse scandal, in which elderly dementia patients at a State Government-run facility were abused and neglected over a 10-year-period.
Following the revelations, the Coalition ramped up its checks and sanctions, which has resulted in the closure of almost one aged-care service per Whenever you make that decision (to place someone in aged care), you want to be confident as a husband, wife or partner … that it’s going to be OK month. “As a community, we expect high standards for the quality and safety of aged care services,” Mr Morrison said.
The Prime Minister said he was fortunate that his parents John and Marion were still living in their family home where his mother cares for his father because of recent ill health.
He said he wanted all Australians facing the difficult decision to send a family member into care to have confidence in the system. “Whenever you make that decision, you want They are trusting you 100 per cent that you are making the right decisions for them. That’s a huge responsibility and people feel that really deeply to be confident as a husband, wife or partner … that it’s going to be OK,” he said.
“They are trusting you 100 per cent that you are making the right decisions for them. That’s a huge responsibility and people feel that really deeply.”
Today’s announcement comes less than a week after Mr Morrison told Federal Parliament he regretted his strong opposition to the banking royal commission.
He said as well as exposing significant misconduct, the
The Oakden scandal broke when chief psychiatrist Dr Aaron Groves released a damning report into the nursing home in April 2017.
It was triggered by the overdosing of a former resident, who also had unexplained bruises, while at the facility in 2016.
Mr Groves’ report revealed patients were over-medicated, physically abused and isolated.
It found medical errors had gone unreported, possessions regularly went missing and staff kept residents on the floor rather than properly dealing with their behaviour.
The report found patients had been left soiled and unbathed and were mocked and ridiculed.
A year later, ICAC boss Bruce Lander made findings of maladministration against five individuals and the public authority responsible for the facility. He said he found it astounding that government ministers and chief executives, responsible for the home, did not know what was going on. banking royal commission was “assisting people in coming to terms with what has happened”.
The announcement comes ahead of a TV investigation into the sector due to air this coming week. But the Federal Government has denied it was a trigger to act with the royal commission, which was ticked off at a federal Cabinet meeting a week ago.
In June, Labor leader Bill Shorten indicated he would “consider” an aged-care royal commission but said the Federal Government should focus on boosting sector funding.
The Coalition will hope the royal commission pledge helps its prospects as MPs head back to Canberra today for another sitting week expected to be overshadowed by a backbench rebellion that could force Peter Dutton to face the High Court.
CAMPAIGNING FOR CHANGE: Family members of victims of the Oakden scandal, front row, Corey Johnston, Barb Spriggs, Michelle Martin, Partina Cole, Rina Serpo, Lorraine Gum, and back row, Stewart Johnston, Clive Spriggs, Mark Martin, Deanna Stojanovic and Alma Krecu pictured in May.