Labor’s decade of neglect exposed

The revelation that the State Labor Government received a damning report from a psychologist in 2008 detailing shocking treatment of patients at the disgraced Oakden nursing home highlights just how deep the culture of cover-up runs under the Weatherill Government.

“The fact that it took a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of a patient almost a decade later to reveal the existence of psychologist Fiona Meredith’s report on Oakden illustrates why the State Liberals have repeatedly called for a forensic audit of Ministerial records relating to the disgraced facility,” said Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.

The inquest heard Ms Meredith's report was strikingly similar to the recent review of Oakden by chief psychiatrist Aaron Groves which led to the State Government ordering the facility's closure.

“The Coronial Inquest highlights exactly why Premier Weatherill has refused the ICAC Commissioner Bruce Lander’s request for open hearings into the Oakden scandal,” said Mr Wade.

“The State Government was being alerted to the appalling treatment of patients at Oakden as far back as 2008, but they failed to act.

“The Independents propping up the Weatherill Government need to face the reality that they are perpetuating the culture of cover-up in South Australia.

“The stench of a cover-up continues to linger over the Weatherill Government’s decade of disgraceful neglect of vulnerable South Australians.

“Minister for Mental Health Leesa Vlahos has had almost five months to be up front about what other warnings the Labor Government received regarding the appalling conditions at Oakden.

“Minister Vlahos has not willing produced any of the multiple warnings about Oakden that the Labor Government received over more than decade.”