Temporary security measures have been put in place at the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) at Victoria Hospital following a recent stabbing incident which left one man with serious injuries.
St. Lucia News Online understands that staff fled the department after an altercation between two men turned violent on Oct. 17.
Authorities say armed security guards are now stationed at the A&E, but this measure is temporary until a comprehensive security plan that includes the new Medical Complex is devised.
For years now hospital employees have been calling for proper security, complaining of feeling unsafe especially when dealing with victims of gang violence.
Incidents of gang members storming the hospital and threatening to kill their victims have led to Special Services Unit (SSU) officers being posted at the hospital’s gate. However, that measure was temporary due to the strain it placed on the manpower of the police force.
St. Lucia News Online understands that the operations at Victoria Hospital, which will be transformed into a polyclinic for the Castries basin, will be shifted to the New General Hospital at the Millennium Medical Complex early next year.