No charges over naked dementia photos

29th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

29 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Two workers have escaped prosecution for taking naked photos of elderly dementia patients at a nursing home in Brunssum.

29 April 2005

AMSTERDAM — Two workers have escaped prosecution for taking naked photos of elderly dementia patients at a nursing home in Brunssum.

The public prosecutor's office (OM) in Maastricht said on Friday the case against the two suspects has been conditionally dismissed.

The OM said what they did was reprehensible but the two suspects have been sufficiently punished.

One suspect, a 24-year-old man has been sacked and a female 23-year-old student caregiver is facing dismissal proceedings.

The two employees of nursing home Catharina Daemen in Brunssum took the photos with a mobile phone. They later showed the photos as a joke to other staff, who reported the incident to management.

Health State Secretary Clemence Ross said via her spokesman in February that it was "scandalous affair".

She was primarily angry because the nursing home failed to immediately report the matter to police, finally lodging an official complaint at the end of February. 

The Healthcare Inspectorate has decided against investigating the matter, stressing that it was immediately informed about the issue. It said the nursing home's board of management acted appropriately.

The client's council discussed the matter with involved families as the controversy mounted and management discussed the issue with staff. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005] 

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