Oakden abuse continues

The State Liberals are shocked yet another Oakden staff member has been reported for assault of a patient and are demanding the Minister for Mental Health Leesa Vlahos provide Parliament with full details regarding the latest allegations.

“Minister Vlahos’s statement yesterday that another patient assault has been reported to police failed to deal with a series of critical questions,” said Shadow Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade.

“Minister Vlahos must reveal whether the accused is one of the 4 staff originally suspended who returned to work at Oakden last week after unspecified training.

“The families of patients at Oakden also have the right to know if the accused was one of the staff who were under investigation but had not been suspended.

“Minister Vlahos also needs to reveal if any actions of staff contributed to the four-day delay in reporting the assault and why she waited until yesterday to reveal the assault.

Six weeks before this alleged assault Minister Vlahos reassured State Parliament:

“… that the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network was taking, and continues to take, immediate steps to ensure that the quality of care at Oakden is of the highest standard and that all residents are safe.” (Hansard 28 March 2017)

“The Minister seems oblivious to the collapse of confidence that she and her Government face when it comes to protecting the elderly," said Mr Wade.

“Telling us that someone has been suspended and that it’s in the hands of police leaves so many questions unanswered.

“The Weatherill Government’s continued failure to deliver quality and safe care is highlighted by this drip feed of information.

“The pervading stench of cover-up lingers.”