Funds to fix vi­o­lence in our hos­pi­tals

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

THE State Gov­ern­ment will pour $5 mil­lion into re­duc­ing vi­o­lence in WA hos­pi­tals.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows re­ports of a rise in as­saults on nurses at Bent­ley Hos­pi­tal of more than 450 per cent (Gazette, 01/08/19).

There were 41 reported nurse as­saults from July 2018 to De­cem­ber 2018 fol­low­ing the open­ing of the East Metropoli­tan Youth Clinic, com­pared to just seven the year be­fore.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the fund­ing in this year’s bud­get would go to­wards im­me­di­ate short­term solutions, in­clude an in­crease in se­cu­rity staff num­bers, ad­di­tional spe­cial­ists in al­co­hol and other drugs at five ma­jor hos­pi­tals, and a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign.

“One act of ag­gres­sion to­wards our hos­pi­tal staff is one act too many,” Mr Cook said.

“This new fund­ing is the first step to stamp out this de­plorable trend of vi­o­lence and en­sure our staff feel safe.”

The ini­tia­tives were formed out of a Stop the Vi­o­lence summit in June in­volv­ing health­care staff, se­cu­rity, unions and other stake­hold­ers. Longer term ini­tia­tives in­clude part­ner­ing with po­lice to im­prove pa­tient han­dover, re­view­ing se­cu­rity equip­ment such as CCTV and im­proved train­ing for han­dling ag­gres­sive pa­tients.

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