Concerns over aged care report

The release of an audit of state government-run aged care facilities has been criticised for censoring details, including in mentions of incidents in Streaky Bay and Ceduna.

The state government received Standards Wise's External Clinical Audits for Residential Aged Care Service Final Report in June, however it was released only earlier this month as part of the Federal Aged Care Royal Commission.

The report highlighted a number of incidents within aged care facilities across the state and provided recommendations for each regional Local Health Network, identifying opportunities for improvement.

Some incident reports in the document are redacted, including from the Streaky Bay Hospital and Elmhaven Hostel, and the Ceduna District Health Service.

Opposition health spokesperson Chris Picton said the censoring of parts of an incident from Streaky Bay was "absurd".

The redacted incident report stated: "One care recipient in the hospital section said there are ... on the roster that are ... and ... with them in the shower. The care recipient said .... This care recipient also said they do not complain because nothing will be done. Staff described this ... as a ...."

An example of redaction in the Ceduna facility includes an incident in which "... On the 10/5/18 staff documented at 0500 they had found this care recipient on the floor. .... At 0930 a nursing progress note entry indicates, 'neuro obs. were attended'. This is at least 4.5 hours after the incident."

Mr Picton said he had concerns about the redactions.

"I'm shocked by the details of neglect and abuse revealed in this audit and I'm extremely concerned about the incidents which have been covered up through heavy redactions," he said.

"Nobody would want their loved one submitted to conditions such as those described in this report.

"The question is, why did the Marshall Liberal government sit on this report for more than 130 days and why is it so heavily redacted? What are they covering up? South Australians have a right to know."

An SA Health spokesperson said redactions maintained the privacy of individuals.

"Redactions are used in documents to maintain privacy of individuals when dealing with personal or sensitive information," the spokesperson said.

"In particular, when patients could be easily identified in the context of small facilities or communities."