Station Protective Service Officers PSO's at all public hospitals in Victoria
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Nobody should feel unsafe at work.
But for hospital staff including Doctors and Nurses, the risk of serious assault or injury is a DAILY reality.
Health worker viciously attacked over a cigarette at Dandenong Hospital. Neurosurgeon stabbed 14 times in the foyer of Melbourne’s Western Hospital. Heart surgeon killed after one-punch attack over smoking at Box Hill Hospital.
Fairfax Media revealed last year that there were 8627 reports of occupational violence in Victoria's public hospitals in the year to July 2016 – including 1166 that resulted in staff injury or illness.
Below is a link to a current affair clip on this issue, it is an eye opener.
People at the front line treating people's injuries are not supposed to have their lives threatened in the workplace. The community, through its lawmakers, has a responsibility to protect those who protect the community.
Given so many incidents have occurred, the government has left itself open to reasonable criticism for an unsatisfactory delay. The reinforcement of security in public hospitals is evidently overdue.
Every Victorian has the right to feel safe using our public hospitals whether you are working or a patient and Protective Services Officers would play a critical role. The PSOs in their uniforms are a reassuring sight, and there is no doubt their visible presence make people feel safe.
PSO's have worked at railways stations and they will work at public hospitals.
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