The safety of the hospital was affected
Carla Wilson / Times Colonist – November 2, 2021 / 18:24 | History: 350502
Photo: ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST
An incident Sunday in which a security guard at Victoria General Hospital was slapped in the face by a patient and required medical attention highlights the risks hospital staff face every day, the West Shore RCMP said.
Police were called to the hospital on Tuesday after an official from the protection service – a member of the hospital’s security staff – said she was assaulted on Sunday by a patient.
The security officer had been helping hospital staff deal with an aggressive patient when she was beaten, police said.
West Shore RCMP spokesman Const. Alex Bérubé said police will continue to support health professionals in their “challenging and exhausting duties.”
Meena Brisard, secretary-business manager of the Hospital Employees Union, said violence should never be a part of any job. She called on the province to address workplace violence and invest more resources in social support and services “desperately needed” in communities.
“Unfortunately, health care professionals experience workplace violence more than any other sector in BC,” Brisard said.
Recent years have seen an increase in aggressive and violent actions in hospitals, Brisard said, adding that the province needs to explore some of the root causes of increased violence, including the opioid crisis, poverty, homelessness and inadequate support for mental health.