The boss of the a Gold Coast nursing home says he was upset when it was evacuated earlier this year.
Earle Haven boss Arthur Miller says he felt he had a moral and ethical responsibility for the welfare of patients at the high care facility that was evacuated.
“Yes I do, because I look after them,” Mr Miller said in response to the final question asked at a Queensland parliamentary inquiry into the closure of the home on Friday.
He had been asked if he felt responsible for the patients by inquiry chair Aaron Harper.
Mr Miller said he was concerned with couples and family being separated as emergency crews responded to the closure of the aged care home.
Beds had to be found for some patients as far away as Brisbane.
The closure came about when a payment dispute between Mr Miller’s company People Care and subcontractor HelpStreet came to a head.
The facility was placed into administration, leaving 69 fragile residents high and dry.
Mr Miller said he has since apologised and accepted responsibility for the breakdown of the agreement with HelpStreet.
He maintains the Earle Haven retirement village – separate from the high care facilities – continues to provide best services money could buy.
Mr Miller’s comments about his responsibilty came after reports on the facility’s failures in 2007, 2015, 2016 and 2017 were read out.
There were also concerns from the federal regulator about drinks being placed out of the reach of thirsty patients.
The regulator said staff did not properly manage continence or have adequate behaviour management skills.
Internal reports also found there were serious concerns in the lead up to the closure.
The inquiry wrapped up on Friday with a report due in October.
Australian Associated Press