Hospitals are likening working with high risk patients to working in “war zones” according to the Herald Sun today, and as a result the AMA (Australian Medical Association) is calling for CCTV cameras to be installed to increase the safety of its members.
The AMA (Australian Medical Association) says that there is increasing violence being directed towards all medical staff and as well as CCTV cameras in rooms they would like a greater presence of security staff.
One of the reasons for this increase, according to Victoria’s Health Safety Commissioner, is that the requirement for opiates out of control and addicts are forcefully demanding drugs from medical doctors putting them at risk.
According to a Herald Sun investigation a sample of the complaints from doctors to the AMA and the Safety Commissioner included:
A doctor was struck by a chair when he wouldn’t write a prescription for OxyContin
The family of a GP was threatened
Other GP’s have been personally threatened
Dr Stephen Parnis, the AMA Victorian president said that the concern is violence towards doctors is becoming a major issue and is adding considerable stress to an already stressful occupation.