Andrew Broadfoot QC, acting on behalf of residents of St Basil’s Aged Care Fawkner and their families, told the court his clients want the case heard as soon as possible because many are old and unwell, according to a report in The Age.
Broadfoot told the court there was not enough food at the home to feed residents, leaving many starving. Residents also were left in soiled clothing for extended periods, he alleged. Staff were wearing personal protective equipment incorrectly, and when concerns were raised, nothing was done to address them, he said.
A statement of claim filed last year accused St Basil’s of breaching its duty of care to residents on more than 26 occasions, contributing to the devastating transmission of the virus in the home.
St Basil’s is also being investigated by State Coroner John Cain, a police taskforce and the federal government.
St Basil’s is owned by the Australian Greek Orthodox Church and its most recent financial results show the home had revenue of $13.1 million, which came mostly from the federal government. Of that revenue, St Basil’s paid $2.5 million in rent back to its owner, the church.