Monday, February 2, 2009

Minister Robertson: Queensland Health breaches its responsibilities to our frail, older and disabled citizens once again!

The Department of Health and Ageing found Queensland Health breached its responsibilities under the Aged Care Act 1997, when a 97 year old mental health patient was assaulted at least twice at Eventide, Brighton.

The details of the breach are:

The service failed to put in place, within 24 hours of the start of the incident/suspicion of physical assault, arrangements for management of the resident's behaviour.

Consequently, the service could not use discretion not to report and therefore should have reported these incidents to the Department and Police in accordance with Section 63-1AA(2) of the Aged Care Act 1997.

A Whistleblower was informed that the aggressive male resident was removed from the unit and housed in Ebbtide House, Eventide. The Whistleblower is informed that this male resident then proceeded to assault at least three other residents.

Other breaches of care will be posted soon.

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