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Regional Health Authorities concerned about violence against health care workers

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 20, 2014 - The Regional Heath Authorities which manage health care throughout the island say they are greatly concerned over recent reports of violence against a member of the health care staff at the Mandeville Regional Hospital A&E.

A joint news release from the four Health Authorities indicated that health care workers were among the country’s valuable assets who should be protected. “We value our health care worker as they are the backbone of the public Health system,” the release said.

The Regional Health Authorities noted however, that “we recognise that there is some amount of vulnerability while they carry out their duties.

They pointed out that “Security systems have been implemented in all public health facilities for the protection of both staff and patients, however, some breaches are beyond the control of the security staff given the nature in which they occur.” 

“We continue to assess security systems on a regular basis to determine ways in which these incidences can be reduced, and appeal to the public to cooperate with the staff as they carry out their duties.

The Regional Health Authorities have urged the public that in instances where they are dissatisfied with the service they receive, they should report it to the Patients’ Affairs Department at the hospital or Health Department, in each parish, which handles complaints from patients.

Nursing staff at the Mandeville Regional Hospital staged a silent protest, following an incident on Tuesday at the Accident and Emergency Department of  the hospital during which a  nurse was physically attacked and bitten by a patient.  

In a release on Thursday, NAJ President Janet Coore Farr called on the Ministry of Health to immediately put measures in place to protect its members against acts of violence.

She said over the past three weeks there has been an increase in incidents of verbal and physical abuse of its members and expressed disgust at the latest incident at the Mandeville Regional Hospital. She stated that the nurses would no longer accept this type of behaviour from those they serve. The Regional Health Authorities are :

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA)

The North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA)

The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA)

The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA

Last modified onThursday, 20 November 2014 21:51