House committee postpones vote on bill allowing patients to install camera in their nursing home rooms
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

House committee postpones vote on bill allowing patients to install camera in their nursing home rooms

Date: April 15, 2015
By: Hannah Knight
State Capitol Bureau

Intro: 
House committee postponed voting on a bill that would allow nursing home patients to install a camera in their rooms.
RunTime:  0:28
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Dexter Republican Tila Hubrecht says she is concerned that placing cameras in a patient's room will drive away nursing home staff, who are already in short supply.

Actuality:  HUBZ.WAV
Run Time:  00:06
Description: I think it's going to make people where they leave that facility because there's a camera in that room. They're going to feel uncomfortable.

Joplin Republican Bill White was the only member of the committee who spoke in favor of the bill.

White says families should be able see how staff interact with patients.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.

 

Intro: 
House committee postponed voting on a bill that would allow nursing home patients to place a camera in their rooms.
RunTime:  0:30
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap:Rolla Republican Keith Frederick says that many tasks nurses perform can look bad on video.

Actuality:  FRD.WAV
Run Time:  00:13
Description: And you're going to say that that video tape is not going to reflect poorly on that individual? I think it would difinitely be held that that individual was substandard at her job, and you wouldn't get the background story. You wouldn't hear the rest of it because it's not on the video.

Fredrick also says the bill will cause an explosion of legal actions involving nursing homes.

Only one member of the committee argued in favor of the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.

Intro: 
House committee delayed voting on a measure that would allow long time care facility patients to place cameras in their rooms.
RunTime:  0:32
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap:Some members of the committee say they are concerned about the bill driving away nursing home employees.

Joplin Republican Bill White was the only member of the committee who spoke in favor of the bill.

Actuality:  WHITE.WAV
Run Time:  00:13
Description: When you select nursing homes they're advertising to you that they're going to provide good care to your family member or whoever it is you're putting in there, or who's going to be residing there. And how do you really know?

Opponents of the bill say they are also concerned about privacy issues.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Hannah Knight.


Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.