Health Dept investigates

THE horrifying allegation that a local funeral operator hosed down a bloodied body in a car wash has been referred to the NSW Health Department for investigation.

The claims raised by the Funeral and Allied Industries Union of NSW in a Sydney newspaper have added to the call on government to introduce a code of conduct for the funeral industry.

Since news of the appalling act surfaced, leading Coffs Harbour funeral operators have distanced themselves from the claims.

Independent Coffs Harbour funeral director Victor Rullis has gone public to unequivocally clear his company, Victor Rullis Funeral Services, of any involvement in the matter.

“I have heard the NSW Health Department is investigating some matters here locally but none of these have anything to do with my company,” Mr Rullis said.

“I’ve been in business for 16 years and our funeral operations are bound by the industry standard of the Australian Funeral Director’s Association – my company has no tie to this incident” he said.

Keith Logue, the owner of multiple Coffs Harbour funeral operations, has also denied his companies were involved.

Australian Funeral Directors Association president John Scott said the allegation highlights the need for an industry code of conduct.

“These allegations are extremely concerning for the public and just as disturbing for the industry,” Mr Scott said.

“We are the peak industry body governed by a strict code of standards, and these practices apply to our associated members,” he said.

Union representative Aiden Nye said the matters of gross misconduct were alarmingly, but allegations like these are often difficult to prove.

“They are hard to substantiate without documented proof,” Mr Nye said.

“These matters are based on the claims of former staff members and have been handed on.

“In 10 years there have only been three prosecutions in the industry so it remains to be seen whether further action will be taken.”

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