Officers denied access to hospital patient

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Officers denied access to hospital patient
Victoria Hospital
Victoria Hospital

Three police officers investigating an accident were allegedly denied access to a patient at Victoria Hospital (VH) earlier this week.

A reliable security source described the situation as “ridiculous” but a hospital official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the nurse did the right thing.

The security source said at about 3 p.m. on that day, three officers – one in full uniform and the others in plain clothes – approached the ward desk.

One of the officers identified himself and the police station he is attached to and made his request. The nurse then asked for identification cards. The officer reportedly said he left his identification card, however he pointed out to the nurse that an officer in full uniform is with him.

“The nurses denied information, saying that anyone can be in police uniform so they need to see identification cards. How ridiculous is this?” the source asked.

The nurse reportedly used the recent robbery at the Rodney Bay Marina as an example. During that incident, the perpetrators posed as police officers though they were wearing polo shirts.

However, the officer reportedly told the nurse that a uniformed officer is with him. But she insisted they get identification cards and return.

“If it were bad boys, they would not ask ***,” the source added. “Only in St. Lucia.”

Embarrassed and frustrated, the officers left.

The source said on numerous occasions ordinary civilians trek in and out of the hospital without authorisation, even in the presence of security and nurses.

However, sources at VH told St. Lucia News Online that the nurse was right to uphold the policies of the hospital.

“It is admirable of the nurse to stand her ground. The hospital is aware that a few employees are not consistent with the policies and security standards of the institution but that nurse in particular is one of those who take their job seriously. No one should have access to the patient unless they can prove their identity and have a valid reason for wanting to see the patient.

“It is disappointing that officers are walking around without proper identification. Anyone can create a police uniform,” the hospital source added. “The nurse had every right.”

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  1. The Officer failed, because if it was in my island, this had happened, the police in UNIFORM had to arrest her for Obstruction and take her down to the Police Station where she would have known that they were not posing as officers... guess lucia is a place where officers ent know they rights, or the law makers have failed.. but the other two in civilian clothing ent ready yet... hold the dam ID.

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  2. The nurse did the right thing each patience should have a code only the nurse who work in that unit and only family member's with the code. this code should not pass to any other person

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  3. There is no if or but about it. The nurse stood her grounds. Well done. So many corrupt so called cops and they themselves are corrupt too. Nonsense with these law men.

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  4. Those of you opposing what the nurse did are the very ones which have allowed our country to be in the state it is. When every policeman joins the police force they are issued an ID card its not for dust collecting purposes but to identify you as you execute your duties. It should be carried with you at all times especially if you are on duty. I bet you they didn't forget to pack their pistols. It is high time we as a society start to bring those clowns in line, small start but it might have big consequences. Bravo nurse!!!!

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  5. Well done. Policemen like all of us must comply with rules and procedures. With all that is going on now the nurse did the right thing. They should be more professional and always walk with their ID cards. They are not above the law. We need many more persons like that nurse, indeed St. Lucia would be a better place. Bravo

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  6. that security officer needs to be fired cause he clearly does not know da policies of VH. ridiculous the security says n theyre the same ones allowing ppl on the units all hours of the day and the same ones who run n hide in the operators office when the bad guys come in fighting with their guns and cutlasses leaving handy men and nurses to separate and stop the fights. sl news online investigate that. well done nurse. many times bad guys come to VH to finish what what they started on the streets. no ID u cannot c the patient. the nurses know what she knows cause it has been experinced on countless occasions. again well done nurse. instead of them running to sl news online tell them to practice remembering their ID's. the nurse should have reported them to their inspector and again i say that security officer needs to be FIREd

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  7. Well done nurse. Smh @ the officers. Sometime ago my boyfriend was stopped and searched by officers in plain clothes. The were very rough and unprofessional so my boyfriend asked to see their IDs. They took offense and proceeded to beat him.

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  8. the officers need to be deciplined. they use the uniform to exercise their authority too much. well done nurse. this should be mandatory in all areas, ie nurses doctors, teachers, police, and many others. provide id please.well done.hope others copy her stand.

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  9. Kudos to you nurse for upholding professional standards, something that is lacking in Slu. These officers should be ashamed of themselves. Mr. Commissioner please take note!

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  10. A police in uniform does not need Id to perform his duties. The uniform serves to id him as a member of the force.that nurse should be charged for obstruction

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