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Tuesday, 7 March 2000
Page: 14022

Mr SWAN (2:53 PM) —My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Aged Care. Minister, are you aware that in April last year the Alchera Park Nursing Home in Queensland was inspected by your agency and, consistent with your policy, it was given notice of the inspection and was therefore able to roster on additional staff? Can you confirm that, months after that inspection, during which residents expressed concerns to the agency, two residents were admitted to hospital with gangrenous wounds and suffering severe dehydration and that they later passed away? What action have you taken to ensure the safety of the residents in that nursing home—or do you need another front page headline before you act?

Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Minister for Aged Care) (2:54 PM) —In accordance with a report made to me today by the standards and accreditation agency, a total of 11 facilities in Queensland have been referred as a serious risk. Nine of these immediately commenced remedial action and remain under agency supervision. None of those is the one that you mentioned. Two remain under serious risk, and neither of those is the one that you mentioned. That is the report from the agency as of today.