Give hospital staff effective protection from workplace violence!

Give hospital staff effective protection from workplace violence!

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Healthcare workers started this petition to Ministry of health Province of British Columbia

Health care providers across the world face disproportionate levels of violence in the workplace. In larger hospitals and emergency departments, the issue is even more pronounced, with nurses, doctors, security officers and other staff facing a constant threat of physical and verbal abuse.

In the lower mainland in British Columbia, we primarily have contracted security services in hospitals. Many of these security personnel do their best to keep staff safe... However they are under trained, under equipped and under paid for the reality of the work they do. In many cases, people are placed in these roles who are not physically capable of carrying out their duties. This is resulting in high rates of injury, burn out, turn over and a decrease in performance, which means staff are put at greater risk.

Vancouver Police are indicating a higher incidence of weapons related calls in the city within the past year (Crime stats 2019). This is reflected in the experiences of hospital staff as well. Again, security are unarmed and are expected to deal with aggressive people, many of whom carry weapons, until police can get there and assist. This needs to change, for everyone's safety. 

By signing this petition, you are stating that you value our province's front line health care workers. We are asking the Ministry of Health in BC to seriously look into this issue. Speak to front line staff, including security officers and nurses, and investigate what other provinces and countries are doing. Investigate the option of Peace Officers to address the changing and increasingly dangerous landscape of health care. Contacted security is not the safest option for our hospitals. 

Thank you. 

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