An aged care facility on Sydney’s northern beaches, which was sanctioned last only month after secret film revealed a resident being allegedly assaulted, has confirmed it called police to two other incidents in recent months.
In response to reports of alleged resident-on-resident assaults in The Daily Telegraph, Bupa Seaforth confirmed to HelloCare that it notified police of incidents on 21 June and 25 September.
Police investigated both matters, but didn’t take them any further, Bupa said.
The Department of Health...
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