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Sanctions imposed on Victorian nursing home.



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Media Release Bronwyn Bishop Minister for Aged Care

BB12/00 24 February 2000

SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON VICTORIAN NURSING HOME Federal Minister for Aged Care, Bronwyn Bishop, has publicly disclosed sanctions that have been imposed on a Victorian nursing home.

"This follows my statement in the Parliament last week concerning a serious incident in the nursing home," Mrs Bishop said.

The Minister said she was disclosing this information in the interest of the public to ensure accurate information is available.

"The sanctions have been imposed following a review audit undertaken by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency," Mrs Bishop said.

"The Agency has recommended sanctions be imposed on a nursing home in Victoria following a two-day audit by Agency staff conducted at the facility last week."

Acting in accordance with the Aged Care Act 1997 the Department of Health and Aged Care had now imposed sanctions including the following:

revocation of aged care provider status of the proprietor unless an independent administrator is appointed ●

no new residents will be funded at the facility for six months ●

"In addition Agency officers will be attending the facility on a daily basis to ensure the safety, health and well-being of residents," Mrs Bishop said.

Problems identified by the Agency audit include:

concerns with the administering of medications to residents ● residents at risk of dehydration ● serious concerns about skin conditions and their treatment ● poor continence management ●

a number of environmental and safety issues arising from poor building maintenance ●

"My concern is for the welfare and interests of the residents and for those who love and care for them," Mrs Bishop said.

"Our independent Agency has confirmed that residents at this nursing home were at risk and my Department has moved swiftly to use the tools at our disposal to ensure that we do not allow individuals to be at risk.

"I have also taken action to place our Departmental staff in Victoria on alert to take calls to reassure concerned residents and family and friends on the Complaints Resolution Scheme freecall number 1800 550 552.

"I repeat that I will not tolerate any risk to the safety, health and well-being of our frail, senior Australians - and I am putting poor residential care providers on notice that action will be sure and decisive," Mrs Bishop said.

Media Contact: Stan Piperoglou 0411 286 741, (02) 6277 7280.

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Published on Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care web site 28 February 2000 Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care URL: http://www.health.gov.au/mediarel/yr2000/bb/bb20012.htm