Thursday, March 12, 2009
Premier: Has this Government learnt anything since the Bundaberg Hospital Commission of Inquiry in 2005?
THREATS, THREATS AND MORE THREATS!
COVER UP, COVER UP AND MORE COVER UP!
CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION AND MORE CORRUPTION!
Do Eventide management and Queensland Health really believe that these veiled threats will stop staff from speaking out about assault and abuse? SING has clear evidence that staff do report serious matters and they are ignored.
Do Eventide management and Queensland Health really believe that distressed staff will not take the opportunity to speak out without fear of reprisal, intimidation or termination of their employment, now that they have an anonymous and confidential forum in which to do so?
Is this Government really so arrogant that they believe that staff don't recognise the use, once again, of THE CODE OF COVER UP, dressed up and presented to staff under the guise of THE CODE OF CONDUCT?
Predators and abusers can continue on their merry way and management can turn a blind eye, but do not let the general public know what is going on. AT ALL COST KEEP IT QUIET. Anyone stepping out of line is to immediately be threatened with the CODE OF CONDUCT.
But what, Premier, will this government do when the threats do not have the desired outcome?
What will this government do when staff realise that to fulfill their obligations and to advocate for the frail, older and disabled citizens in their care, that certain disclaimers apply? When the safety of their residents is jeopardised, when frail, older female residents are being sexually assaulted, when staff report these assaults to the registered nurse and the line manager and the authorities do nothing, when every avenue open to them has been exhausted - they should have the right to inform the media. The public have a right to be informed when their loved ones are being molested and sexually assaulted.
SING has irrefutable evidence that in 2004, staff reported the assault and abuse of residents in Flinders mental health unit to the Nursing Unit Manager and she did nothing.
SING has irrefutable evidence that the Director of Nursing, Cooinda House, Redcliffe, directed staff that the Mother of a dying son was to be under constant surveillance at all times, when she visited him. The Mother's crime: She complained about her son's care.
SING has irrefutable evidence that in 2007, the Registered Nurse and the Nursing Unit manager received reports from staff regarding the Bramble House sexual assaults and they did nothing.
SING has irrefutable evidence that one of these victims became a victim for the second time, when she was transferred to Ebbtide House. Once again staff reported assault and abuse to the registered nurse, the Nursing Unit Manager and the Director of Nursing. Once again they did nothing.
IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST PREMIER, SING SUGGESTS THAT NOTHING SHORT OF A PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO EVENTIDE MANAGEMENT/MISMANAGEMENT WILL DO.