7.30 BY ANNE CONNOLLY AND JOHN STEWART, ABC INVESTIGATIONS

More than half of the nursing homes run by Australia’s largest private provider Bupa are failing basic standards of care and 30 per cent are putting the health and safety of the elderly at “serious risk”, according to accreditation reports analysed by the ABC.

Key points:
BUPA has had 13 homes sanctioned by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission
The company has been under fire for overcharging residents for extra services it did not provide
BUPA chief executive Hisham El-Ansary says he is “truly sorry” for not getting the quality of care right for all their residents
Advocates are now asking whether Bupa — which receives almost half a billion dollars in government funding each year — is fit to be an aged care provider.

But with almost 6,500 residents and 72 homes, they also question whether the Government could revoke Bupa’s accreditation without “catastrophic” consequences for the residents.

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