Monday, March 2, 2009
Premier: Why does Queensland Health terminate the employment of a protected Whistleblower, but allow corruption to flourish at Eventide?
The registered nurse (RN) mentioned in the Queensland Police Service Report (QPS) above, was left in charge of Flinders' House Mental Health Unit on night shift. By her own admission she was 'mentally insane'. The advanced assistant (AAIN) in nursing mentioned in the same QPS report, worked with the same registered nurse on night shift. For many years the RN openly admitted her involvement in drugs and murder in New South Wales. She openly admitted to hastening the death of a resident. She openly admitted to assaulting a male mental health patient. The AAIN mentioned in the QPS report had a long history of verbally abusing residents. At the time of these serious investigations taking place at Eventide, Queensland Health's history was:
The Health Minister was Gordon Nuttall.
The Director-General was Steve Buckland.
The Chief Health Officer was Gerry Fitz-Gerald.
The District Manager was Gloria Wallace.
All names that should be now be familiar now to the general public.
HAS ANYTHING CHANGED IN 5 YEARS SINCE THIS CASE IN 2004?
The Nursing Unit Managers in charge of some of the houses in which these two staff worked were often informed of their behaviour - but chose to do nothing. THAT HAS NOT CHANGED.
A couple of years later, a similar scenario has taken place in the Bramble House, Eventide sexual assault case. Management turned a blind eye to abuse reported to them. THAT HAS NOT CHANGED.
Distressed staff left the unit.
Another serious abuse case is now being investigated by the Crime and Misconduct Commission who have directed Queensland Health to investigate. This case involves the abuse of residents by a night shift staff member at Ebbtide House, Eventide. (The Whistleblower has made a complaint to the CMC of reprisal against Eventide's Director of Nursing). This abusive night shift staff member has been reported to Eventide management many times over the years and still Eventide management turn a blind eye. THAT HAS NOT CHANGED.
There are many other cases. Staff report the abuse and management ignore it. THAT HAS NOT CHANGED.
But Premier, it is the Whistleblowers that Queensland Health vilify.
It is the Whistleblower who is black listed and receives no work at Eventide. It is the Whistleblower who has their employment terminated.
Why is that Premier?
PERHAPS YOUR GOVERNMENT AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REALLY NEEDS TO COME CLEAN AND ADMIT THAT YOU REALLY DO NOT WANT STAFF REPORTING SERIOUS ABUSE.