Abhorrent attack as nurse spat on in city
THE Police Commissioner has blasted a spitting attack on a nurse wearing her scrubs in the CBD on Tuesday morning as “completely abhorrent”.
A woman is behind bars after she allegedly spat a drink on the nurse, who was wearing blue scrubs, as she walked on Hindley St near King William St just before 7.30am.
The nurse was not physically injured.
Officers arrested a 42-yearold woman, of no fixed address, after the incident was reported to the Hindley St police station.
She was charged with assault on a prescribed emergency worker and failing to state particulars.
She appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon and did not apply for bail.
Police Commissioner Grant Stevens criticised the attack.
“These types of behaviours are completely abhorrent and shouldn’t be occurring and we are resolute in taking action against any incidents where emergency services workers, including health workers, are assaulted in this way,” he said.
Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation state secretary, Adjunct Assoc Prof Elizabeth Dabars, was appalled by the incident, noting it is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.
She said it again raised the issue of safe and secure parking for health workers on shift work, she said.
“At all times, nurses and midwives deserve to be valued and respected, not spat on and abused,” she said.
“Nurses, midwives and other health professionals come to work every day to provide care for our community.
“In our current environment, in which our awareness of the risk of communicable disease transmission in the form of COVID-19 is greatly heightened, spitting on another person is particularly abhorrent.
“It is unacceptable for a nurse to be assaulted on their way to work, or at any other time. It essential that the fullest extent of the law is applied.
“Deterrence is important to prevent future acts of violence against our hardworking and dedicated health professionals.
Nurses … deserve to be valued and respected, not spat on and abused
“We have advocated for aggravated offences to ensure that acts of aggression against health professionals result in higher penalties.”
Prof Dabars noted that as part of efforts to keep the health workforce safe and supported, the federation had advocated for free parking within secure hospital carparks
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