FRIDAY, MAY 18 2012
THE INNER CITY WEEKENDER
Poor conditions Coroner says local boarding house lacked overall care
he Coroner who presided over the inquest into the deaths of six people at a Marrickville boarding house between June 2009 and August 2010 has severely criticised the 300 Hostel’s treatment of its residents, but stopped short of saying the poor conditions killed them. In her fi ndings, Coroner Mary Jerram said the deceased – Shaneen Batts, Ilona Takacs, Dorothy Hudson, Ian Birks, Donald MacKellar and Mohammed Talet
Ramzan – were “uncared for, poorly treated medically and neglected” at the Livingstone Road boarding house. “The standards of hygiene and nutrition at the hostel were poor, facilities run down or not usable, and overall care sadly lacking,” Ms Jerram said. “Reviews of medication, if they took place at all, were not properly recorded, and medical note-taking was negligible to the point of negligence.” Asha Ramzen, the sister of
deceased man, Mohammed Ramzan, said she was disappointed by the lack of detail in the Coroner’s report. “The dismal conditions he lived in, his nutrition, the fact that he chained smoked in bed, the fact that he wasn’t found for two days… I don’t think it’s good enough,” she told 2UE. The Coroner’s report also called for changes to the way the state’s boarding houses operate including tougher restrictions on how they are managed.
NEWS IN BRIEF Breast feeding
SIDS and Kids announced this week revised guidelines to reduce the risk of sudden and unexpected infant death, including a new recommendation – ‘breastfeed baby if you can’. According to research, breastfeeding babies more than halves the chances of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly. SIDS and Kids is an Australian community-based organisation dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian on Th ursday reaffi rmed the NSW Government’s view that fatigue management and drug and alcohol testing requirements for train drivers in NSW must not be relaxed when the National Rail Safety Regulator is established in January 2013. Ms Berejiklian will meet with state and federal transport ministers in South Australia on Friday.
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