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Port Pirie Aged Care Facility Trial’s Safety Camera

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Port Pirie Regional Health Service are one of five aged care facilities set to trial safety cameras across the state.

Video surveillance will be in place in aged care facilities to combat abuse and poor care, with the yearlong trial set to commence early next year.

The trial comes after an audit of state-run aged care facilities revealed shocking examples of neglect and abuse, while various incidents have been redacted in the report released by the Marshall Liberal Government.

Shadow Minister for Health Chris Picton stated in a media release that the report reveals incidents including:

  • Residents reporting staff members using “undue force”, with no report to police
  • Aged care residents being restrained for more 7 hours at a time
  • Squalid conditions, including soiled clothing, soiled furniture, food left on the floor and residents’ mouths not being cleaned after meals

Mr Picton said “I’m shocked by the details of neglect and abuse revealed in this audit, and I’m extremely concerned about the incidents which have been covered up through heavy redactions. Nobody would want their loved one submitted to conditions such as those described in this report.”

He went on to say “The question is, why did the Marshall Liberal Government sit on this report for more than 130 days, and why is it so heavily redacted? What are they covering up? South Australians have a right to know.”

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