Sunday, July 12, 2009
Premier: This propaganda should actually read DON'T REPORT IT, IGNORE IT
TO THE PREMIER
This brochure should be re-written to read - DON'T REPORT IT, IGNORE IT. The general public have a right to know - especially if they have a family member residing in a state government nursing home - that staff "reporting it" will have their employment terminated by Queensland Health. If they "report it" and they are casual staff they will receive no more work. Whistleblowers also face the risk of having other employment - they may eventually acquire - interfered with by vindictive, disgruntled management. SING has documented evidence of this type of vindictive action in our possession.
And the second part of this Queensland Health document, Premier; is it just propaganda too?
TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT
Queensland Health have terminated the employment of Karen Smith, SING SUPPORT GROUP member, for releasing copies of documents (delivered to her home) to Network Ten in March 2008. These documents were released to Network Ten in the public interest. These documents were also hand-delivered, by the Whistleblower, to the Queensland Police Service. This case involved the sexual assaults of at least seven frail, older females by a male resident residing in Bramble House, Eventide Nursing Home, Brighton. The assaults took place over a number of months and were first brought to the attention of an advocacy group in July 2007, when the victims numbered two. An informant was to make a media statement at that time, but reneged. After exhausting all avenues, both federal and state, these copied documents were released to Network Ten.
It appears that Queensland Health believe that this male resident's right to privacy and confidentiality far outweighed the human rights of his female victims to live in a safe environment, free from sexual/physical and psychological assault/abuse. Premier, if one of these females victims was your Mother wouldn't you want to know?
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Your family members residing in a nursing home where staff can have their employment terminated for speaking out when they witness sexual, physical and psychological abuse/assault- are not safe. While the threat of employment termination hangs over the head of staff witnessing wrongdoing - your family members are not safe.
Your family members are not safe because staff who are afraid their employment is at risk if they report will - SEE NOTHING, SAY NOTHING AND HEAR NOTHING.
TO THE PREMIER, MINISTER LUCAS AND MINISTER ELLIOT
SHAME ON ALL OF YOU THAT THE ONLY WAY STAFF ARE ABLE TO STOP ASSAULT, ABUSE AND NEGLECT IS TO CONTACT THE MEDIA OR REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE QUEENSLAND POLICE SERVICE.
SHAME ON ALL OF YOU FOR MISLEADING QUEENSLAND HEALTH STAFF TO BELIEVE THAT THE REPORTING OF SUCH ABUSE/ASSAULT WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. IT IS NOT.
SHAME ON ALL OF YOU THAT YOU ALLOW THE ABUSERS TO FLOURISH AND REMAIN EMPLOYED WHILST THE INFORMANTS OR WHISTLEBLOWERS ARE VILIFIED AND VICTIMISED.
SHAME ON ALL OF YOU THAT THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE SEVEN FEMALE VICTIMS - TO LIVE IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT - WAS NOT PROVIDED BY QUEENSLAND HEALTH.
DOES ANYONE AT BRAMBLE HOUSE, EVENTIDE, BRIGHTON HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THIS SERIOUS MATTER?
Please see posts: 26, 27 February 2009 and 29 March 2009.
Other documents and evidence regarding other cases covered up by Queensland Health will be posted shortly. Another Network Ten video will be posted soon.
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