Queensland nursing home residents abandoned in act of extreme elder abuse: Disqualify People Care Ltd, pensioners say
“People Care Pty Ltd, who walked out on the Earle Haven nursing home in Nerang Queensland, should have its status as approved provider revoked immediately to ensure they won’t work in residential aged care again”, said CPSA Policy Manager Paul Versteege.
“Kicking People Care out of the industry appears to be the only remedy available under the Aged Care Act 1997. It’s not much of a remedy, because the harm has been done.
“For a residential aged care provider to simply walk away from the people in their care is akin to a pilot exiting a flying plane by parachute leaving their passengers to their fate.
“People Care committed an act of extreme elder abuse against the residents of the Earle Haven nursing home by abandoning them without any transition plan in place and the actions of People Care as an entity and of its senior staff should be investigated by police.
“To effectively cause elderly and frail residents to be subject to an emergency evacuation because of a trite commercial dispute plumbs a new depth in Australian residential aged care.
“In light of events at the Earle Haven nursing home, Bupa Australia might now wish to make a public statement about what will happen to the sixty residents of its Bupa Eden nursing home when that facility closes its doors on 16 August due to the revocation of accreditation”, said Versteege.