LABOR TO ACT ON HOSPITAL VIOLENCE

Posted on 01. Jul, 2014 in News

An Andrews Labor Government will require hospitals to report publicly on violent incidents in Victorian health services.

Victoria’s hard-working doctors, nurses, paramedics and mental health workers have, for too long, risked their health and safety at work.

Labor will also undertake an audit of security staff in public hospitals.

The Napthine Government has refused to release information about ‘code black’ and ‘code grey’ incidents in our hospitals.

Quotes attributable to Mr Jennings:

“No one should ever have to face violence and aggression at their place of work, and those who do deserve a real reporting system that has real consequences.”

“To fix our health system, we need to look after those who look after us.”

“Occupational violence in our health system is a serious problem and it needs to be brought to light.”
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Key Facts

• Labor will require public reporting on violent incidents and establish a simplified reporting mechanism for violence in our hospitals.
• Health services will be required to make a report of every incident, and information on these incidents will be available to the public.
• The Auditor-General found in 2013 that Victoria’s 100,000 public hospital staff are being put at unnecessary risk due to a lack of resources and poor training.

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