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Hospital CEO pledges security beef-up after assault

Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:25 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
The grounds of the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.
The grounds of the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital.

Chief Executive Officer of the St Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, Delroy Morgan, says that staff safety is paramount and sought to give the assurance that security at the facility would be beefed up.

His comments came after staff came under assault from a group of gay men who injured a records clerk on Monday and then forced a nurse to seek cover on Wednesday after attacking her with stones.

The initial attack prompted staff to walk off the job in anger. They have since returned to work, upon the intervention of the Union of Technical, Administrative, and Supervisory Personnel.

The union representative met with the hospital management on Wednesday and discussed pressing security issues.

Morgan told The Gleaner on Thursday that the series of incidents was unfortunate.

“The staff expressed to me that they would like to see a bit more done in terms of the way of safety, so we’re reviewing our security policy and our personnel, and where we see we need to beef up, we will do just that,” Morgan said.

Meanwhile, the sick man who the attackers had taken to hospital and who was admitted on Monday has been discharged, Morgan disclosed.

The records clerk who was injured on Monday has filed a report at the St Ann’s Bay Police Station. However, reports are that the attackers are yet to be apprehended.

Efforts to get a comment from the commander of the St Ann police were unsuccessful.