Assaults on Queensland Health staff soar by 48 per cent
In Metro North and Metro South, which alone cowl a big space of Brisbane and outer areas, there have been 32 acts of aggression each week of the yr.
A picture launched by Metro North Well being has revealed dozens of weapons seized by employees, together with knives, scissors and a screwdriver.
Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union secretary Beth Mohle stated there was anecdotal proof that home and household violence was spilling over into the well being system.
“No stage of violence is appropriate in our hospitals and well being providers,” she stated.
Ms Mohle stated safety officers had acquired specialised coaching from the Queensland Police Service to handle violence.
“Nonetheless, nurses and midwives know there are numerous different eventualities, together with shows of dementia, high-stress conditions or sufferers whose well being is compromised, the place phrases are more practical than elevated safety,” she stated.
LNP chief Deb Frecklington stated the statistics had been damning and one thing wanted to be performed to handle the staggering violence.
“Nurses and medical doctors go to work to save lots of lives and assist individuals get well from sickness and damage in our hospitals yearly,” she stated.
“They do not should be handled like punching luggage.”
Opposition well being spokeswoman Ros Bates stated that, talking as a former emergency division nurse, medics ought to by no means go to work in worry of being attacked.
A Queensland Well being spokesman stated the true charges of violence had been historically tough to measure, provided that many incidents may go unreported.
However the spokesman stated that, since 2016, Queensland Well being had applied a number of measures to encourage employees to report incidents.
“As a direct results of these efforts, we’re seeing a marked enhance in employees reporting,” he stated.
“This doesn’t essentially imply there was an increase in assaults in opposition to employees.
“By a rise of reporting, we’re a lot better capable of assist our employees who’ve been assaulted on the job, and higher capable of take care of the community-wide subject of violence that too usually spills over into our hospital community.”
The spokesman stated safety officers at 20 hospitals throughout Queensland now had body-worn cameras, which may act as a deterrent and assist police when it got here to prosecuting offenders.
Different initiatives to extend security at hospitals included extra CCTV cameras, extra safety officers, assist for employees, de-escalation coaching, a better reporting course of and flagging steadily aggressive sufferers and guests.
Felicity Caldwell is state political reporter on the Brisbane Occasions