United Voice WA, the union for support workers and enrolled nurses in public hospitals, is calling on the Government to act immediately on violence in our hospitals by calling for an emergency summit with frontline staff who encounter violence on a daily basis.
United Voice WA Secretary, Carolyn Smith, has said the Government needs to make this their number one priority.
“The recent attack on an Enrolled Nurse while treating a patient is an all too common occurrence in our health system,"
“United Voice members are on the front line and have seen for themselves the rise in violent activity in our public hospitals.”
Ms Smith said that 2018 statistics show that violent incidents in WA Hospitals were on the rise, with one incident occurring every hour.
“There are things the Government can do right now to help. We need more security guards and support for health workers in our hospitals,”
“However, these actions will not address the underlying issues,”
“We call on the Minister to convene an emergency summit which must include front line staff to tackle how we make our hospitals safer for workers and the community,”
“Front line staff must be part of any plan on how we make some fundamental changes in our hospitals.”
Ms Smith said that drug abuse and mental health issues made the issue more complex than simply making our hospitals into prisons.
“All West Australians know that our community is facing significant problems with drug abuse and mental health,”
“We need to tackle this issue at the root to make sure that our hospitals are places where people go to get better, not be put in more danger,”
“United Voice members want to make sure they are working in places of healing, not prisons or fortresses.”