A draft report entitled Neglect is calling for an end to “a cruel and harmful system” with a seemingly endless list of horror stories uncovered by the Royal Commission into aged care.
The Commission is still a year away from delivering its final report but an interim report has found the inhumane, abusive and unjustified overuse of chemical restraints to subdue patients is deserving of immediate action.
The nursing homes themselves self-reported 274,000 instances of substandard care over 5 years… before worse was presented to the Commission.
The Royal Commission has described aged care sector as “a shocking tale of neglect” with service shortfalls including serious substandard and unsafe care and an “underpaid, undervalued and insufficiently trained” staffing.
Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck warning the full report will be brutal:
“It’s put the government on notice, it’s put the industry on notice, but I think as importantly as anything, it’s put the entire community on notice.”
The final report will be handed to the Governor-General in November 2020.