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Thursday, 16 March 2000
Page: 14907

Mr WILKIE (3:24 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Aged Care. Minister, are you aware of the comments of your representative in the Senate that having flies on the wounds of patients in nursing homes is impossible to prevent? Are you also aware that the provider of the Kensington Park Nursing Home, where maggots were found in a wound, has stated that:

I can absolutely assure you that it does happen. Everyone knows it happens.

Minister, is it acceptable under your aged care principles for nursing home providers to now accept that residents' wounds will become flyblown? Isn't it a fact that this nursing home has never been subjected to a surprise inspection or review audit by your Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency?

Mrs BRONWYN BISHOP (Minister for Aged Care) —Firstly, I do not accept the opposition's version of what my colleague may have said, but I will say that Senator Herron is a well-respected surgeon with a distinguished medical career. With regard to Kensington Park, I note that the proprietor has put out a statement. The department has received no complaint concerning maggots with regard to that home. The issue became public yesterday and the proprietor identified himself to the department immediately. I can say that there is a spot check of that particular home under way as we speak.