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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 February 1989 New Year's day. An outpatient presented to the Casualty door which is locked at night. He became aggressive when he was not let in straight away and smashed the glass entrance doors to Casualty. He then chased a registered nurse, who was in very real fear of her life. An extraordinary staff meeting was held on 5 January to discuss the safety of nursing staff. A series of recommendations follows and I do not think that I need to read them out. Mr Dale interjecting. Mr BELL: You want me to read them? I am more than happy to do so: Measures to be implemented to resolve this issue include: perspex to replace glass Casualty doors; video monitoring and intercom system, so that the nursing staff can see who is at Casualty door; 1 extra nurse on night duty to ensure that there are 2 nurses when opening Casualty door; a paging system for Casualty so that security can be called immediatelY;jand police to be given a key to Medical Ward door so that there is no delay when arriving to help in a violent situation. The contact person is Doctor Randall Greenberg, phone 622202. Acting Regional Director Alice Springs and Barkly Region. Mr Dale: The next line. Read right to the end. Mr BELL: The next bit is: 'Noted - Don Dale'. Mr Dale: Which you asked me to do. Mr BELL: Did you note it? Mr DALE: They have taken the steps themselves, haven't they. Mr BELL: Good grief, what sort of an answer is that? The member opposite cannot be taken seriously as a minister of the Crown. .On 13 January, he was presented with a note about serious problems in his portfolio area, which he did nothing about and yet, today, he has presented a statement which suggests that there are no immediate problems. Mr Speaker, I move that the motion to take note of the statement be amended by adding, after 'noted', the following words: but this Assembly deplores the fact the the Minister for Health and Community Services has failed to report fully, in the statement, on recent publicly-reported incidents involving violent assault against innocent patients, and the actions that he and his department have taken to correct t~e dangerous and inhumane situation which pertained and may still pertain in some Territory hospitals. Mr Speaker, the minister has tried to slough off the contents of a report to himself which, he tells me now, he has noted. 5559

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