The resident wasn’t sent to the ER for a rape kit, and the nursing home never even notified police.
The local television investigators recently uncovered problems at another Memphis nursing home owned by the same company. Several viewers of the TV report confirmed the horrific details and encouraged the station to continue to inform the public but now some members of the Tennessee state legislature are trying to make it illegal for the public to be informed of dangerous and abusive conditions in the state’s nursing homes. The surveys that reveal the details of poor quality care for frail elderly patients revealed by WREG could soon be kept secret, if a bill sponsored by Tennessee State Senator Brian Kelsey and Representative Leigh Wilburn becomes law.
Senate Bill 889 would prohibit survey and investigation results from being used as evidence in malpractice cases.
You can read a copy of this legislation at the TV station’s Web site: https://localtvwreg.files.wordpress.com/2015/03/sb-889.pdf
Cameron Jehl is a Memphis Attorney who has sued nursing homes before. He opposes the proposed legislation. “If the nursing homes violates federal law and federal regulations, they’re required to comply with in order to keep and take care of the elderly, then they should be held accountable for their actions,” Jehl said.
However, Senator Kelsey says attorneys will sometimes misuse negative survey results to paint nursing homes with a broad brush, rather than focusing on a single incident that led to a injury or fatality.
Click here to see the broadcast of the story on WREG in Memphis.
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