Another Government aged care facility fails quality standards – including criminal checks

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The NSW Government-run Wallsend Aged Care Facility in Newcastle failed four out of 44 key benchmarks set by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) when it was assessed in June, before this number was revised to three according to the ABC.

Among the findings were that the facility had some staff working without criminal checks; staff did not always respect residents’ privacy; cleaning and catering staff were found to be under-resourced; and management did not work to provide a safe and comfortable environment for residents.

Hunter New England Health told the ABC it was addressing or had already solved each of the issues raised in the review including recruiting extra staff.

But after Oakden, do we need another Government-run facility letting down the sector?

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