Australian govt announces inquiry into aged care after abuse reports

  • Sunday 16, September 2018 in 11:15 AM
Sharjah 24 – dpa: The Australian government has announced a powerful royal commission inquiry into the aged care sector after reports of widespread neglect and abuse of the elderly in care homes.
"We are committed to providing older Australians with access to care that supports their dignity and recognizes the contribution that they have made to society," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday.
 
Royal commissions are convened in Australia on issues of special public importance and have extensive investigative powers. 
 
There are about 240,000 Australians in residential care and more than 1.3 million, including young people with disabilities, access social support services each year, according to government figures.
 
The announcement comes after a scandal surrounding a nursing home in South Australia, which was closed last year after it was revealed that elderly patients with dementia had been abused there for years.