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COVID inquest into St Basil’s described as being a criminal ‘dress rehearsal’

WorkSafe has been accused of using an inquest into the deaths of dozens of St Basil's Home for the Aged residents as a "dress rehearsal" for the prosecution of the home's management. 

Inquest witness says St Basil’s operators not testifying would be ‘slap in the face’

A woman whose mother died from COVID-19 after living at St Basil's says excusing the nursing home's operators from an inquest would be a "slap in the face". 

St Basil’s inquest told Sutton had big knowledge gap

Counsel assisting the inquest into a COVID-19 outbreak at a Melbourne aged care home will submit that Victoria's chief health officer had a big knowledge gap when he directed its workforce to furlough.

Inquest hears lack of food and medicine following St Basils staffing takeover

There were infection control breaches, and a lack of food and medicine for residents within hours of the quarantining of staff at the St Basil's aged care home in Melbourne, an inquest has heard.

Inquest hears St Basil’s struggled to find enough staff

Aged care providers struggled to meet nursing home needs as more and more staff refused to work in COVID-19 positive workplaces, an inquest has heard.

Inquest hears hospitals were ‘angry’ at St Basil’s transfers

Hospitals became "angry" when COVID-19 positive residents started being transferred from a Melbourne nursing home where 45 people died from last year's outbreak, a nurse has revealed.

St Basil’s inquest told staff replaced, despite warnings it could be dangerous

An inquest into a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at a Melbourne aged care home has heard federal public servants decided to replace staff at the home despite doctors' warnings it was a dangerous move.

St Basil’s inquest begins in Melbourne to investigate COVID-19 deaths

When Victoria's second-wave coronavirus outbreak swept through the state last years, at St Basil's Home for the Aged in Melbourne, hundreds of residents and staff tested positive. Forty-five residents died. The deaths have prompted many questions, some of which Victorian State Coroner Judge John Cain will seek to answer beginning in Melbourne on Monday.

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