The assault on a nurse by a patient while she was working at Hawke’s Bay Hospital on Monday (February 4) is simply unacceptable behaviour, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s chief executive says.
The nurse, who doesn’t want to be named, was treated for a broken cheekbone and is now recovering at home.
Chief executive Kevin Snee said the district health board had a zero tolerance to violence, and police and hospital security would always be called to support staff in situations like this.
"This was an unprovoked attack that has left one of our staff with a nasty injury. We want to get the message out to patients and visitors that we will take action and assault charges will be laid against patients or visitors who hurt or abuse our staff while they are at work."
Dr Snee said clinicians shouldn’t have to put up with being assaulted or verbally abused in any way when they came to work. -"it is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated".
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