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February 20, 2012

Nightingale Nursing Home will Face Legal Action (SINGAPORE)

Nightingale Nursing Home will face legal action
AsiaOne
Feb 17, 2012

The nursing home where staff were filmed mistreating an elderly resident in 2011 will face legal action, said Minister of State for Health Dr Amy Khor.
She was replying to a parliamentary question on Friday with regard to Nightingale Nursing Home.
Dr Khor said that police investigations into the incident had been completed and legal action will be taken.
The secretly-recorded video has created a furore since it was broadcast on television in June last year.
The clip, recorded in November 2010, showed Madam Peh Siew Lay, 75, being roughly handled by care workers.
Madam Peh is seen sitting on a chair fully naked, before two carers are shown throwing her onto the bed. Another worker was also seen slapping Madam Peh's mouth.
The workers, who are both foreigners, had their work permits revoked when the video emerged, but had remained in Singapore to help with investigations.
Nightingale Nursing Home has also been banned from accepting new residents.
Dr Khor said the Ministry of Health received nine complaints of alleged abuse in nursing homes since June 1, 2011.
Most of them had to do with the alleged rough handling of elderly residents when they were being moved by nursing home staff.
The homes are being monitored by the ministry to ensure compliance with protocols, she said.

SOURCE:      AsiaOne
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