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MP Calls for Royal Commission Visit to Gold Coast

August 05, 2019

Gold Coast MP Meaghan Scanlon has called on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to hold a special hearing on the Gold Coast.

Ms Scanlon said the Commission needed to hear more evidence from those affected by last month’s sudden closure of the Earle Haven Hibiscus House and Orchid House.

“The closure of Earle Haven affected residents, their families and aged care workers,” Ms Scanlon said.

“The commission has already heard from ambulance officers and health staff but there are more stories to be told and they deserve to be heard.

“That’s why I have written to the Royal Commission and asked for a special hearing on the Gold Coast.

“This would allow patients, their families, staff and the community another chance to have their say.

“Gold Coast residents affected by the failings of the aged care system deserve an opportunity to share how the breakdown of the system affected them.

“The QNMU’s state-wide audit of aged care facilities shows that the Gold Coast has some of the worst hours of care provided to residents in the state.”

“The closure of Earle Haven is a shocking example of the systematic failures of the aged care industry, and should be treated as such by the Commission.”

Ms Scanlon said the incident raised serious questions for the Federal Government about what they knew and what they did to respond to concerns.

“If there have been red flags about this company for several years, why did it take this disaster for the Federal Government to act?”


Background:

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety are holding hearings in Brisbane this week into the regulation of aged care.

This hearing follows the sudden closure of the Earle Haven Hibiscus House and Orchid House last month that left up to 70 elderly residents being transferred to other aged care centres and hospitals.

Meaghan Scanlon (State Member for Gaven) has written to Commissioner the Hon. Richard Tracey AM RFD QC and Commissioner Lynelle Briggs AO requesting a special hearing be made on the Gold Coast to give the victims of this tragedy, their families and frontline health professionals the ability to discuss their lived experience with the systematic breakdown of the aged care sector.

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Media Contact: Meaghan Scanlon – 07 5560 7100