RCI St. Lucia
posted on March 09, 2017 06:15
Saturday's cutlass attack on a patient at the Accident & Emergency Department of the Victoria Hospital not only called into question to current security arrangements at the island main hospital but has also left staff traumatized and fearful for their safety. An emergency management meeting was convened on Monday to map out new security arrangements and guidelines to improve staff and patient safety from breaches of this nature.
On Tuesday management organised a debriefing session for staff directly impacted having witnessed this vicious attack on a patient within their care. Executive Director of the Victoria Hospital, Jeanette Hughes lamented that this incident is "one too many" impacting the lives of staff at the hospital.
The hospital’s executive Director said staff are constantly under pressure and frequently have to put up with verbal, emotional abuse and at time physical abuse from the public who they render service to. She added that the debriefing for staff was meant to symbolize that management stands in solidarity with the workers who experienced the unfortunate incident.
Jeanette Hughes clip 2
Hughes indicated that management will relentlessly pursue the recommended security arrangement to improve staff and client safety. She also plans to hold discussions with the Ministers for Health and National Security, the Police Commissioner and other relevant stockholders concerning security improvements at the Victoria Hospital.
Victoria Hospital is expected to transition to the Owen King EU Hospital, however the Executive Director indicated that unless many of the systemic changes are made to the security arrangements attacks at the hospital could be an even greater problem.