Aged Care Royal Commission targets GP antipsychotic scripts

Inquiry denounces restrictive practices as inhumane, abusive and unjustified

GPs face new restrictions on the prescribing of psychotropic medications, with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety describing the aged-care system as “cruel and harmful”.

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The commission's 770-page interim report, Neglect, documents the damage done to the lives of thousands of patients who have been through the system and suggests that the best option for many would be to stay out of residential facilities altogether.

The commissioners called for a massive increase in funding for high-need home care and action to get