Since 2008 the number of people committing crimes against people in Victoria’s biggest hospitals and nearby medical centres has increased by 75%. Dandenong Hospital fared worst with thirty-nine violent crimes.

During 2012- 2013 police were called to major hospitals or nearby medical centres two hundred and sixty five times, an increase of 35%.

Dr Stephen Parnis, Victorian president of the Australian Medical Association, said alcohol and stimulants, such as ice, were driving violence.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Victorian branch secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation, said crowded emergency rooms and a lack of mental health beds increased patients’ frustration.

Greg Davies, Police union chief, said it was “enormously concerning’’ that police officers were frequently called to hospitals.

If you have been the victim of crime while at work contact Victims of Crime Compensation & Counselling Services on 1800 000 055 or email:

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