Aged care inquiry to probe governance

Aged care royal commission starts Hobart hearings

Aged Care Royal Commission
The aged care royal commission will examine Southern Cross Care and Bupa facilities in Tasmania.

The aged care royal commission will examine Southern Cross Care and Bupa facilities in Tasmania.

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The operations of two major aged care providers in Tasmania will be put under the microscope by a royal commission this week.

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THE OPERATIONS of two major aged care providers in Tasmania will be put under the microscope by a royal commission this week.

In a five-day public hearing beginning on Monday in Hobart, the aged care royal commission will examine Southern Cross Care and Bupa facilities in the state.

Particular focus will be placed on Southern Cross Care's Yaraandoo Hostel, which was sanctioned in November last year, and Glenara Lakes which was issued with a notice of noncompliance in January.

The governance at Bupa's South Hobart home, one of several of the organisation's facilities sanctioned in 2018, will be probed later in the week.

The commission will explore the quality and safety of care given to residents and the decision making of those working at the homes.

Family members of residents, current and former staff and executive managers are among the hearing's witnesses.

The royal commission, tasked with examining the quality of aged care in Australia, has to date received nearly 6,900 submissions.

The commission released an interim report last week which highlighted serious flaws in the sector.

Australian Associated Press

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