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Families of Newmarch House residents consider class action

Lawyers will allege that Anglicare was negligent in its handling of the Newmarch House COVID-19 outbreak and breached its duty of care to residents if family members launch a class action against the provider.

Nineteen people died when after the virus spread through the facility earlier this year.

Family members have approached Shine Lawyers to consider next steps and some are in the early stages of mounting a class action against Anglicare.

The firm’s national practice leader, Lisa Flynn, alleged the operator was ill-equipped to handle the outbreak.

“Grieving relatives want to know why their loved ones weren’t immediately taken to hospital after testing positive so they could receive the high-level clinical care they needed,” she said in a statement issued yesterday.

“They also want to know why they were kept in the dark as coronavirus spread through the facility and why staff were either not qualified or not properly supported to make critical decisions.

“The reality is lives would have been saved if Newmarch House had the right protocols and medical care procedures in place and adhered to them from the start.”

Flynn said the law firm would be seeking compensation on behalf of the families of the deceased.

NSW Health announced that the COVID-19 outbreak at the western Sydney facility was over in mid-June with 37 residents and 34 staff catching the virus.

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One comment

  1. I hope that the families of the Newmarch care home in Sydney will pursue class action charges against those responsible for the dreadful treatment of their loved ones. If nothing is done this unacceptable treatment of their loved ones will continue towards elderly people in future.
    It was done through ignorance and lack of training of management in the needs of elderly people. One indication of the depths to which management in so many similar facilities were prepared to stoop to cover up their actions was to refer to it as a ‘lock down’ rather than the more accurate ‘lock up’, which of course only those such as the police are authorised to do. It makes movement into such places an extremely scary experience which needs far more supervision.
    The families of those who were lost must be suffering appalling grief which makes their proposed action even more applaudable. Their loved ones would be very proud of them. Our best wishes go with them.