Decision Maker Response
Nick Xenophon’s response
Jul 29, 2016 — Dear petition signers,
The shocking hidden camera footage which aired on the ABC last night showing an Adelaide nursing home resident being abused by a carer could be the tip of the iceberg and it highlights the need for safeguard mechanisms to be urgently implemented - such as CCTV.
During the election campaign I criticised the Federal Government's $1.8billion cuts to aged care funding, that is supported by the Opposition, which could see further cutting of corners putting vulnerable residents at greater risk.
Last year I moved for a Senate Inquiry into aged care funding but the major parties rejected the proposal. I will now move for a fresh inquiry with wider terms of reference to cover issues of abuse and neglect of vulnerable residents.