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THERE’S AN EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE.
But hospitals don’t want their staff to talk about it.
Almost half of hospital caregivers reported being assaulted in a recent one-week period.
Over 86% of nurses reported being assaulted in the last year.
Physical attacks. Sexual harassment. Verbal abuse. Violence in Ontario hospitals is out of control. Every day, frontline caregivers are suffering serious injuries that lead to time off work and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
Instead of protecting their staff, hospital managers discourage them from reporting incidents and have even fired a nurse for revealing the real epidemic of violence in healthcare.
THERE IS A SOLUTION
MORE FRONTLINE STAFF
Staff shortages create stressful conditions for patients and staff that lead to violent confrontations. Hospital managers have to ensure every shift is fully staffed.
Many hospitals have to modernize their out-dated security alert systems that cause long and dangerous delays. Security teams are often understaffed as well.
It’s time to amend the Canadian Criminal Code to criminalize assaults on healthcare workers and give them the same protection given firefighters, police and other people who deal with the public.
THE RIGHT TO SPEAK UP
Hospital managers have to stop discouraging staff from reporting violence and calling police. Effective policies and procedures are needed to address physical and non-physical acts of violence.
Proposed Amendments to Legislation
Read our recommendations to the Minister of Labour
THE REAL STORY FROM FRONTLINE CAREGIVERS
I’ve had medication liquids thrown in my face…
I remember us hearing a co-worker’s screams and we ran out into the hall and she was being brutally beaten…
I’m worried that I would lose my job if I spoke out regarding violence in the workplace.
The security presence is lacking where we work.
We still have a lot of non-reporting. I’m not sure if staff were afraid to report it, or they’re thinking it’s part of the job.
There’s not enough money in health care. They just keep cutting away, and spreading us thinner.