Hospital staff are constantly being subjected to criminal acts. Recently three women physically assaulted two security guards in the Royal Women’s Hospital, a nurse was struck to the head and another two nurses punched.
Diana Asmar, Health Services Union Victorian Secretary, is calling for hospital security guards to be armed but the Australian Medical Association and Australian Nursing Federation have rejected the idea, stating that it would make hospitals more dangerous.
Lisa Fitzpatrick, Nurses Federation Secretary, stated that more security grads are required.
Stephen Parnis, AMA Victorian President, said that hospitals need highly trained security staff employed by hospitals and who were part of the health care team.
Dr Parnis indicated that the biggest cause of violence on hospital wards is alcohol.
Ashley Gardiner, Victorian Government Spokesman, said that new laws are currently being drafted with harsher penalties for people who attacked emergency services staff.