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SA government reveals delay in aged care CCTV pilot

Five South Australian aged care homes that are part of a CCTV pilot project will have to wait to be fitted with cameras as the state government searches for a new technology partner.

Cameras were meant to switch on towards the end of this year but the trial start date will now be pushed back to 2020.

South Australia’s health minister Stephen Wade said the government ended its work with UK firm Care Protect, which had been brought on to set up cameras and see through the surveillance in the $500,000 year-long project.

“There have been some operational and technical issues that could not be resolved between the parties,” Wade said. “We have mutually agreed not to continue that partnership.”

He reaffirmed that the government was committed to the work and announced that it would go back to the market to find a new partner.

The move was met with frustration from Oakden whistleblower Stewart Johnston, who encouraged anyone concerned about the care received in homes to install their own hidden camera. “It will be safer than any inferior solution [SA Health] may come up with in the future,” Johnston said via Twitter.

Announcing the trial in April, Wade said only residents and families who have provided full informed consent would participate.

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