by Danielle Gusmaroli, The Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2019
Taxpayers forked out $457 million for disgraced Bupa nursing homes to care for 7400 elderly residents across the country last year, but it can be revealed one of them was found with maggots in his ear. Bupa received the amount in government subsidies to run its 78 Australian aged care facilities, according to financial documents. And despite increasing their number of beds by 22 to 7339, Australia’s largest for-profit healthcare provider cut spending on suppliers and employees by $24 million to $560 million over the last year. Tax Justice Network spokesman Jason Ward said Bupa’s cuts on spending, employees and suppliers was to blame for homes not meeting basic government standards.