HSUWA calls for summit on hospital violence

Thursday 16 May 2019

The Health Services Union WA (HSUWA) has joined United Voice (UV) to call for an emergency summit to break the cycle of increasing violence in WA hospitals.

The union is urging the State Government to act on the request immediately following the stabbing of a nurse at Royal Perth Hospital at the weekend. 

HSUWA Secretary Dan Hill said the issue of violence was state-wide and had been increasing for far too long.

“The union is concerned with the increasing level of violence towards our members in health services across the State, and is calling on the government to convene an urgent summit of all relevant parties including representatives of our members to consider a system-wide response to the situation that’s currently facing us,” he said.

Mr Hill said increasing the powers granted to security officers in hospitals should be among the options considered at the summit, along with staffing levels, training and critical incident support.

“Our members employed as security officers in hospitals across the state are often placed in difficult situations in protecting other health workers from violence directed towards them by patients and they in turn need to be protected” he said.

Mr Hill said the wide-spread nature of the issue required representation from all affected sectors and government agencies to find a solution.

“The situation affects all health workers and it’s important that health unions together with other representative bodies work together to address the issues that affect all our members,” he said.

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