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Aged care scandal could be tip of the iceberg

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AGED CARE SCANDAL COULD BE TIP OF THE ICEBERG  Push for urgent Senate Inquiry into aged care funding cuts and compliance


 Legislative move to allow CCTV into rooms of vulnerable residents

WHAT: Media conference with Senator Nick Xenophon.

WHEN: 2.30pm today (Sydney time).

WHERE: Outside Dockside, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Senator Nick Xenophon has warned that the shocking hidden camera footage of an Adelaide nursing home resident being abused by a carer could “be the tip of the iceberg and highlights the need for safeguard mechanisms to be urgently implemented - such as CCTV".

Senator Xenophon also warned that the Federal Government’s $1.8 billion in funding cuts over the next four years for the aged care sector “could see further cutting of corners which will mean vulnerable residents will be at greater risk”.

The funding cuts, supported by the Opposition, were criticised by Senator Xenophon and the aged care sector, including Anglicare CEO Rev. Peter Sandeman, in the course of the election campaign.

Senator Xenophon was rebuffed by the major parties last year when he sought a Senate inquiry into aged care funding. He will now move for a fresh Senate Inquiry with wider terms of reference to cover issues of abuse and neglect of vulnerable residents.

For further information contact Karina Natt on 0433 620 850.