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Premier, Minister Lucas and Minister Elliot
Serious abuse of residents by a night shift staff member employed at Ebbtide House, Eventide, Brighton was reported to many different entities, by the sacked whistleblower.
To fulfill the obligation required under the Aged Care Act 1997, the email below was sent to the Aged Care Complaints Investigation Scheme over 12 months ago on behalf of the informant. Why has this matter taken so long to resolve and still no results?
Over the last 12 months, this abuse was reported to the Department of Health and Ageing, Eventide management, Queensland Health's Ethical Standards Unit, the Queensland Police Service and the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
After twelve long months this matter is now supposed to be be reviewed by the Office of the Aged Care Commissioner.
So what ! Credible whistleblowers are damned if they do (report) and damned if they don't.
A detailed chronology of the last twelve months up will be posted shortly.
Information regarding this serious case was first posted on SING's website on the 1st February 2009. This case was first reported to many entities in September 2008.
Prior to 3 June 2009:
Sunday, 1 February (last paragraph),
Sunday, 5 February (third paragraph),
Sunday, 15 February,
Tuesday, 24 February (anonymous whistleblower's own statement and post),
Tuesday, 3 March,
Wednesday, 4 March (last paragraph),
Thursday, 5 March (sacked whistleblower (support person) and witness gave evidence to the Ethical Standards Unit of Queensland Health)- over 6 months later.
Friday, 6 March (third last paragraph),
Thursday, 12 March (second last paragraph),
Thursday, 19 March (last paragraph,
Sunday, 29 March (last paragraph),
Friday, 3 April (last paragraph),
Thursday, 9 April,
Friday, 10 April (sacked whistleblower (support person) and witness gave evidence to the Queensland Police Service. Taped interview evidence has been offered to the Office of the Aged Care Commissioner),
Friday, 22 May,
Monday, 25 May ( 3rd paragraph),
Monday, 1 June (second post).
TO THE PRESENT DATE, NO ACTION HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED.THE ABUSER STILL REMAINS AN EMPLOYEE OF QUEENSLAND HEALTH. THE SACKED WHISTLEBLOWER IS UNEMPLOYED AND THE INTERNAL WITNESS HAS MOVED TO ANOTHER FACILITY.
SING HAS DOCUMENTED PROOF THAT A SENIOR QUEENSLAND HEALTH EMPLOYEE IS ALLEGED TO HAVE TRIED TO INTERFERE WITH THE EMPLOYMENT OF AN INTERNAL WITNESS WHEN THAT WITNESS OBTAINED A CASUAL POSITION AT ONE OF QUEENSLAND HEALTH'S MAJOR HOSPITALS. THIS INTERNAL WITNESS WAS FORCED TO OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT ELSEWHERE AFTER RECEIVING NO FURTHER WORK FROM EVENTIDE NURSING HOME, BRIGHTON - AFTER SHE REPORTED ABUSE AND ASSAULT.
THIS MATTER AND THE UNLAWFUL TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT OF A PROTECTED WHISTLEBLOWER WAS REPORTED TO THE QUEENSLAND POLICE SERVICE. PASS THE PARCEL HAS BEEN PLAYED ONCE AGAIN WITH THE CMC REFERRING THESE SERIOUS MATTERS BACK TO THE SO-CALLED ETHICAL STANDARDS UNIT OF QUEENSLAND HEALTH.
SING SUGGESTS THAT NOTHING SHORT OF A PUBLIC INQUIRY WILL SUFFICE.
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