Moderate Party politician wants care-home 'spies'

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Moderate Party politician wants care-home 'spies'

A local Moderate Party politician has called for the installation of undercover spies to patrol retirement homes to ensure that staff do their jobs, in the wake of a slew of recent scandals.


"It is a question of vulnerable people who can't speak for themselves. The reports of mistreatment that come to light are often difficult to prove," Kalmar municipal councillor Magnus Isaksson told the the local Östran daily.

Isaksson suggested that the spies should be installed at facilities under the guise of employment as temporary staff. He argued that staff should be tasked with infiltrating operations and monitoring how the regular personnel do their jobs.

The Moderate Party politician has laid out his plan in a motion to the Kalmar municipal council, suggesting that a couple of weeks would be the right time-frame in order to compile an adequate clandestine report.

The call comes a few weeks after revelations of mistreatment at the Smedängen care home in Kalmar, although Isaksson underlined that his proposal is not specifically directed at the home.

"This occurs in other areas of society," he said.

Isaksson compared his proposal to the "mystery shopper" programmes operated by retail chains where undercover customers seek to compile reports on how staff work and greet customers.

He accepted that his proposal could be considered controversial.

"But it would have an effect. Just the thought that there could be someone keeping a check would get people to pull themselves together," he told the newspaper.

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