St. Basil’s facing class action over COVID outbreak

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Just days after we reported on the class action against Heritage Care over its Epping Gardens outbreak, the same law firm has filed a writ on St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner, for alleged breaches of duty of care.

The writ lists Effie Fotiadis as the lead plaintiff in the case against the home, after her 79-year-old father and resident, Dimitrios, died from COVID-19.

It alleges St Basil’s failed to act in Dimitrios’ best interests, as he was not properly isolated or given Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and was made to live “an unhygienic personal care condition and unhygienic residential environment.”

The home is also accused of alleged breaches including inadequate use of PPE, inadequately trained staff and allowing workers to enter the home from other facilities without self-isolating.

Carbone Lawyers, who will be representing the St Basil’s families, also alleges the home misrepresented information, and failed to comply with legislations, regulations and professional standards.

The Fawkner home has seen one of the largest outbreaks in aged care across Victoria, with 193 cases of COVID-19 and 31 resident deaths.