Woman allegedly beaten by security guards at hospital, management investigates

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Woman allegedly beaten by security guards at hospital, management investigates
Victoria Hospital
Victoria Hospital

Management of Victoria Hospital has launched a formal investigation into reports that a woman was beaten by four of its security guards during an altercation on June 7, 2012.

St. Lucia News Online reported on the matter via its Facebook page that same day but was unable to confirm the incident with authorities.

In a press release today, Friday, June 21, 2013, the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations said it was aware of the alleged incident and that management of the hospital had engaged the services of an independent investigator to “reveal any deficiencies in handling of the specific case, as well as to provide long-term recommendations”.

A retired senior police officer “with adept safety and security knowledge and ample experience” has been entrusted with the inquiry.

The woman in question reportedly had a child on a hospital ward. It was alleged that she was kicked in the head and her bra strap was ripped during the incident. The entire issue was said to have stemmed from a heated exchange of words between her and the security guards at the hospital.

“The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations with deep regret, noted the media report by a young lady, expressing disappointment at the manner in which security and safety officers attached to the Victoria Hospital, managed an altercation with her on Friday, 7th June, 2013, at approximately 9:05 a.m.,” the release said.

“The ministry acknowledges that while no official report has been made to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force or to the management of the Victoria Hospital, such circumstances ought to be probed to identify areas for service delivery improvements in customer relations, safety and security,” it further stated.

The ministry said it “understands the inherent public interest in issues of this nature and commits to making the final report available to the public upon completion”.

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  1. SMH these security personel at the Hospital are truly rude and disrespectful. Not surprised at all.

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  2. BTW are we using tax payers money to pay an independent ex police officer to carry out this investigation? Y the are the police not investigating the matter. I think they are already being pd to do jus dat. SAD really sad.

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  3. I'm not surprised by that incident but this time went too far .I hope this lady get justice and that all these security guards at vh learn a lesson from this incident.

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  4. I feel for the young lady.We as human beings need to start treating each other like we would like to be treated.Imagine having a sick child at hospital and goin to visit him or her..only to end up in an altercation and then to be ganged on by four security officers.Could u imagine the frustrations that the lady must have been goin through much less the anger.People we need to realise that not because we are in a position today does not mean we have to look down or ill-treat others.We all have our day of reckoning.

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  5. People that's not the way.We don't treat people that way.YOUR FRUSTRATION DON'T PASS IT ON THE YOUNG LADY.DONT BLAME HER."BETTER DAYS"

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  6. whoa... shocking news here. something like this should never happen. and at a hospital again. I really hope the truth comes out and who ever is wrong is dealt with. even if there was an argument there is no reason for 4 people to beat 1 woman. who went to visit her child.

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    • St. Lucia acknowledges human right laws but as to follow them, don't think they will. Look at how the treat the human rights lawyer. Its a shame to say it and i know alot will take offense but we have animals making and upholding the law, they just don't care, for them its just a job and this will continue to blame both major political parties because they created this environment over many years.

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