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Ombudsman's report of reviewable deaths of people with disabilities in care

6 September 2011

NSW Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has welcomed the recommendations from the Ombudsman after his Report of Reviewable Deaths in 2008 and 2009 Volume 2, was tabled in Parliament today.

“Any preventable death is a tragedy,” Mr Constance said.

“Although Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) has made progress, the fact remains that more can and should be done to ensure that vulnerable people can lead long and healthy lives.”

“I take this report very seriously, and I have asked ADHC to respond to the recommendations in the report within the timeframes recommended by the Ombudsman.”

Mr Constance said the report reinforces the NSW Government’s decision to strengthen the Youth and Community Services Act, 1973.

“This piece of legislation is as old as I am. It needs to be overhauled so the appropriate legal safeguards are in place for people with a disability living in licensed boarding houses.”

“It’s important we update the regulatory powers and ensure the rights of residents are clear.”

“The report by the Ombudsman reminds us there will always be more to do in ensuring the health, safety and well-being of people with a disability in care.”

“It’s a sobering reminder that despite significant recent progress we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us to deliver the services and supports people with a disability, their families and carers rightly deserve.”

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