Two Auckland healthcare providers have been highly criticized for their action of illegally holding a 43 years old woman in a secure dementia unit for more than a year. They both have also been ordered to pay compensation to the victim’s daughter who had to suffer a lot. The victim had recently died.
The woman was admitted to the Auckland hospital in May 2007 on the grounds that she was unable to make decisions relating to her personal care and welfare. The responsibility of her condition was laid on Taikura Trust and Oak Park rest home that were found guilty of ill-treating the women, after they held her in circumstances described even worse than a prison. After she was admitted to the hospital and the doctors found about her previous stay at the rest home it was decided that an application should be put in the courts to make sure that she is put in an appropriate residential facility.
After this news surfaced even the Human Rights Review Tribunal made assertion against Taikura Trust and Aranui Home and Hospital Limited on accounts of multiple deficiencies in the woman's care and breaches of the woman's rights. There has been a huge outcry after this incidence as many people have claimed that the health care providers have failed to perform their duties and it has led to the women not getting their basic rights.
Moreover, women with complex personal history like severe psychological trauma, depression and alcohol abuse who need extra care have been poorly treated. Now it is being said that proper checks and balances should be put in place so that every person is treated properly incidences like this don’t happen again in the future.