Sunday, February 8, 2009
Premier Bligh: Why does the Crime and Misconduct Commission continually refer serious cases back to Queensland Health's Ethical Standards Unit?
This is just one complaint made by a Whistleblower. This serious complaint of sexual, psychological and physical abuse of residents at Ebbtide House, Eventide was reported by a member of SING (Silence Is NOT Golden) SUPPORT GROUP to many different entities over a period of months. One resident named in this complaint was a victim of a previous sexual abuse case. This case was reported by Network Ten in March 2008 regarding Bramble House, Eventide, Brighton.
The Whistleblower is a casual employee and has been employed by Queensland Health for some years. She has never had a complaint made against her until this disclosure.
The Whistleblower reported the matter to the Nursing Unit Manager, Ebbtide House, Eventide.
The Whistleblower reported the matter to the Director of Nursing, Eventide, Brighton.
The Whistleblower reported the matter to Queensland Health.
The Whistleblower reported the matter (through SING) to the Department of Health and Ageing.
The Whistleblower was rebuffed by the Ethical Standards Unit and the Internal Witness Support Unit when she sought Whistleblower protection. She then sought Whistleblower protection by presenting at the Crime and Misconduct Commission's headquarters.
The Whistleblower reported the matter to the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
After fulfilling her obligations to the frail, older residents in her care the following has resulted:
The Whistleblower has received no work from Eventide since her disclosure.
The Whistleblower has been informed by Eventide management (after her disclosure) that she has had complaints made against her for her poor work performance and that other nurses had complained that the Whistleblower had a negative and angry attitude toward them. Repeated requests by the Whistleblower for copies of these written allegations have never been produced by Eventide management.
The Whistleblower was accused of having poor interpersonal communication abilities and that she was a racist.
The Whistleblower has had two arranged appointments cancelled by the Crime and Misconduct Commission. The Crime and Misconduct Commission had directed Eventide management to attend.
The Whistleblower was informed in a phone conversation with the Crime and Misconduct Commission in early December 2008 that "victimisation" had been committed against her.
All evidence is available including tape recorded evidence that the Department of Health and Ageing informed the Director of Nursing, Eventide, Brighton on the 25 September 2008, that serious abuse had been reported to them.
Evidence is available that other staff had complained to Eventide management prior to the Whistleblower's disclosure. One complaint to management about the behaviour of this staff member goes back to 2000.
Evidence is also available that two scheduled meetings with the Crime and Misconduct Commission have been cancelled. The Whistleblower was assured that the last meeing scheduled was only being postponed. This assurance was rescinded recently when the Whistleblower was informed that Queensland Health will be investigating the matter. This is common practice for the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
PREMIER, PLEASE BE ADVISED:
THE CRIME AND MISCONDUCT COMMISSION HAVE NOW REFERRED THE MATTER BACK TO QUEENSLAND HEALTH. AND THIS IS WHY PREMIER, THIS CORRUPT, DYSFUNCTIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM IS HELD IN SUCH DISDAIN BY MANY QUEENSLAND HEALTH EMPLOYEES.
The Whistleblower has been informed by the Crime and Misconduct Commission that she will be contacted "in due course". If this matter takes as long to investigate as other cases handled by Queensland Health, the Whistleblower will be in a nursing home herself before she is contacted.
PREMIER! WHY IS IT THE WHISTLEBLOWER WHO NOW RECEIVES NO WORK AT EVENTIDE?
PREMIER! WHY IS IT THE WHISTLEBLOWER WHO IS PERSECUTED WHEN THEY REPORT ASSAULT, NEGLECT AND ABUSE AS PER THEIR OBLIGATION UNDER THE AGED CARE ACT?
PREMIER! WHY DID QUEENSLAND HEALTH SEND OUT THE "DON'T IGNORE IT, REPORT IT" PROPAGANDA BROCHURE TO ALL STAFF, WHEN MANAGEMENT SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROY AND DISCREDIT ANY EMPLOYEE WHO DOES SO?
MORE QUESTIONS TO FOLLOW