The Ministry of Health has reacted swiftly to a case of elderly abuse at a private nursing home (Roseville Home for the Elderly, Durants, Christ Church) which was brought to public attention through social media.
In a statement today, the Ministry reported that the incident was first brought to its attention on May 10 by the Barbados Elderly Care Association and immediate action was taken.
So far, two detailed assessments of the nursing facility have been carried out. The Ministry is satisfied that the proprietor (Pamela Hill) has taken the necessary corrective action and has dismissed two employees involved in the incident.
Though the two were fired for their involvement in cases of alleged mistreatment, they will be brought up on charges of professional misconduct.
The Ministry further revealed that it was in the process of writing to the relevant authorities, recommending the suspension of the licence of the nursing auxiliary (Arielle King) involved, pending a hearing.
This step will ensure that the practitioner does not secure similar employment in another home before the investigation has been concluded. The Ministry stated that it has been collaborating fully with the Royal Barbados Police Force in respect of this matter.