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August 27, 2011

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals says the money they convinced lawmakers they needed in order to rehire 10 nursing home inspectors in now no longer needed. The total amount awarded was $650,000 which will now be spent elsewhere, which has nursing home advocates crying foul.

John Tapscott, a former state lawmaker and current nursing home advocate said the decision is an outrage.

“This just goes to show you that it’s the nursing home industry that is running our state inspections department,” said Tapscot.

David Werning, spokesman for Inspections and Appeals, said the department has become more efficient and adding 10 nursing home inspectors is not necessary. Werning says some inspections are now handled by nurses.

Lawmakers who support the hiring of 10 inspectors say the inspections department agreed to hire the additional inspectors and doing so is a vital step in assuring families that the government is looking out for their loved ones in nursing homes.

Having adequate nursing home inspectors in crucial in the fight against nursing home abuse. Also important in protecting our loved ones in nursing homes is contacting a nursing home abuse lawyer if you suspect abuse or neglect.


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