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Security Guards essential for Oakden

The State Liberals are demanding the Weatherill Government immediately deploy security guards inside the disgraced Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Services facility to protect the safety of patients.

It is five months since the Government commissioned the Chief Psychiatrist review, yet in the last 5 days two serious assaults have been referred to police.

“In spite of the intense scrutiny on the site, the Minister is impotent to provide a safe environment,” said Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.

“The most effective means of immediately increasing the level of protection for residents at Oakden is to put security guards into the facility 24 hours a day until the facility is shut.

“Families need decisive action to reassure them that their loved ones are safe.

“They need to know that when they aren’t able to be at Oakden, the security team will be their eyes and ears.

“After a decade of neglect and five months of failure to make the facility safe, the Minister and SA Health cannot be trusted.

“Families are entitled to have clear reassurance.

“The level of abuse uncovered as a result of the investigation by the Chief Psychiatrist is deeply disturbing. The fact that the abuse continues is appalling.”