Health service ranked as most violent work environment in AustraliaBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1386c (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1386
- Christopher Zinn
Increasing violent attacks on health workers and patients have caused the government of New South Wales to introduce a widened security package of closed circuit television (CCTV), emergency alarms, extra lighting, and more security staff.
The state is spending $A32m (£11.5m; $16.5m) over three years as a special taskforce on the prevention and management of violence in the health workplace prepares an interim report for next month.
Last week the Australian newspaper published a horrifying picture of more than 30 weapons, mostly knives, confiscated from the emergency department of St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, in the …