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VH staff debriefed after cutlass attack

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unnamed-7PRESS RELEASE – 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.

“While the incident took place in the A&E Department it has impacted the entire hospital. Once again healthcare workers find themselves at the end of trauma and risking their lives to give service to the public.”

She 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. The Executive Director added that the debriefing for staff was meant to symbolize that management stands in solidarity with the staff who experienced this unfortunate incident.

“It is very difficult for us at Victoria Hospital and when we have to work under these conditions coupled with the lack of resources, coupled with an old and challenging plant, coupled with systematic issues, coupled with budgetary issues, it is too much to ask of the staff. And today we want to say enough is enough. We at Victoria Hospital cannot continue to be faced with those kinds of situations.”

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.

“As the Executive Director I dread, I really dread the possibility of this situation worsening. Saturday was a clear indication that this thing is escalating and the lives of the staff continue to be at risk.”

The Victoria Hospital will soon 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 this could be an even greater problem.

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9 comments

  1. Lard Them nah easy
    Them war tek me little money me ah put ...

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  2. whilst this thing about security is an issue i think something should be done with the parking lot where people park their vehicles to come see patients peoples vehicles have been broken into and not to mention people are being robbed in that place. when you take your vehicle and park it in the little parking lot next to the hospital they tell you that you cant park there. i know it might not be the hospitals parking lot but people need to be safe also just as the staff.

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    • Well , parking is a scandalous experience in St. Lucia. When you park on the hospital grounds, you are " shooed" away by security and asked to go and find parking elsewhere. If thieves break into your vehicle, that's your business. Everywhere you go, you cannot park as an ordinary member of the public. Go to Vigie and park n the beach. Go to Hewanorra Airport and, if the parking place in full, go and park where you can, but NOT under the pine trees alongside the official parking lot. Go to the city, and go and park near Ferrands Dairy in the rough hole, because the parking along the streets are reserved for the businesses and are painted yellow. So you stick in that. The public is always being squeezed out of their comfort, in favour of people who do not even meet their obligations to the country. How many business places in the city owe taxes to the Government? But their parking is assured. Nuff said.

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  3. first of all yall talking about this “It is very difficult for us at Victoria Hospital and when we have to work under these conditions coupled with the lack of resources, coupled with an old and challenging plant, coupled with systematic issues, coupled with budgetary issues, it is too much to ask of the staff. And today we want to say enough is enough. We at Victoria Hospital cannot continue to be faced with those kinds of situations.” but yall treatment with some rude and unmannerly nurses is rather disgusting.

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  4. Victoria really taking joy....oh Victoria we love you. Hope these fellers feel the full brunt of the law, but sometimes the punishment too little, lose the key on these guys.get them off our streets.we need peace.once and for all.

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  5. Alot of those government securities, manager and supervisors of the security department need to be removed in order for better security management there.

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  6. Only talk nothing will happen

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  7. Smh...I am against every form of violence...period!!! But did you hear the comments of Jeanette Hughes? There is your answer for the poor treatmebt given at the island's main hospital. Staff first, no one cares about patients. Sigh...

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    • i am JERRY SPRINGER

      if the staff is not safe, how can they take care of you.

      so when it comes to being selfish; you are the father!

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