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Elderly Parmelia woman falls through the cracks

Yesterday, listener Penny called in concerned about her elderly friend who had the door broken down in her Department of Housing home by Police doing a welfare check. This happened on 28th June, leaving her 83-year-old friend with an open, unsecured door for a week.

Penny was unable to get the Department to fix the door as she wasn’t “family”.

Shadow Health Minister Zak Kirkup was listening and called in to Jane Marwick with good news. The woman has now had her door fixed and secured and health and welfare checks have been completed.

“It seems like this is one of those awful situations where she fell through the cracks here. It shows the importance of raising this issue publicly and making sure we can get something done about it.

“I have to say the Government agencies that my office have spoken with have been very responsive… I’m very appreciative of that happening but it’s a shame we got here in the first place.”

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