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Acting Chief Medical Officer comdemns Mandeville nurse attack

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Health Ministry, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says as a society Jamaicans should not tolerate any abuse or violent attack on any category of staff including health workers.

This comes after a registered nurse assigned to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Mandeville Regional Hospital was attacked and bitten by a patient while on duty earlier this week.

Bullock has endorsed the measures put in place by the Southern Regional Health Authority in a bid to reduce incidence of violence against health workers.

She says she strongly supports the decision to immediately refer any abusive behaviour against hospital staff to the police.

The Region has also increased security at the Mandeville Regional hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department.

However, Nurses at the Mandeville Regional Hospital say they are waiting to see whether the authorities will deliver on their promise to boost security at the facility.

Yesterday, the nurses staged a sit-in to raise awareness about the concern.

They were later called to meeting by the hospital management who promised to address their concern.

The Health Minister, Dr Fenton Ferguson, has condemned this and other recent attacks.

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