E tū says a
fourth assault on a hospital security guard has raised the alarm over health
and safety for security guards at the Waikato and Canterbury DHBs.
out security services to a private company, Allied Security.
assault – the fourth serious assault this year – involved a security guard
attacked in the Emergency Department at Christchurch Hospital on Queen’s
occurred just weeks after an earlier very serious attack on a security guard
member at Waikato Hospital – where Allied is also the security provider.
Another two guards
remain off work after serious assaults at Hillmorton and Christchurch Hospitals.
Senior organiser Ian Hodgetts says the string of assaults since Christmas is
absolutely concerned about such a series of vicious unprovoked attacks on our
members, who are simply doing their job,” he says.
epidemic of violence faced by hospital staff nationwide, he said hospitals
needed more security and better security training.
needed to improve their staffing and health and safety processes, he said.
E tū Campaign
Lead, Mat Danaher says the series of assaults on guards at DHBs has highlighted
serious issues with the outsourcing of security services.
“The fact is
Allied Security is the security provider at both Waikato and Canterbury DHBs,
and I would hope these DHBs, and DHBs nationally, are taking a serious look at
who provides their security, and whether the services are fit for purpose,”
“In the case of
Allied, we don’t believe that’s the case and we’ve lost any confidence they’re
up to the job.”
Mat says many
DHBs employ their security guards in-house – which the union supports.
employed security seems to be the model to look at for DHBs. Our hospitals are
plagued by violence and all staff are affected, not just our security guard
security needs a whole team approach, and the best way to do that is to make
sure guards are part of the same team as other staff.”
E tū Campaign Lead ph. 021 336 519
E tū Senior Organiser ph. 027 446 4972