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Health service ranked as most violent work environment in Australia

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1386
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    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 …

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