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SERHA warns of zero-tolerance against attacks

Published:Sunday | February 22, 2015 | 5:25 PM

The health ministry has condemned an attack on a doctor by a patient at the Linstead hospital in St Catherine.

The doctor was attacked early last week by a woman who had taken her baby to the hospital for treatment. It is not clear what the nature of the attack was and whether the doctor was injured during the incident.

In a statement this afternoon, chairman of the Board of the South East Regional Health Authority, Dr Andrei Cooke, said despite continued appeals to patients to treat health workers with respect, health workers continue to be abused.

Consequently, he says a zero-tolerance approach will be taken against violence towards its workers by patients. He says disgruntled patients should submit their complaints to the Patient Affairs Department at the hospital or health department.