The president of the Order of Nurses calls for more action from the state to respond to the increase in cases of violence against health professionals in hospitals.
“Just as the problem of domestic violence had to be dealt with, and very well, in terms of penalties, in a certain way, it has to be looked at in the same way here. It is not enough to create a security office under the minister's direct dependence, ”says Ana Rita Cavaco to the Renaissance.
According to the representative of the nurses, this decision taken from the meeting between the ministers of Home Affairs and Health "will not solve any problem of the day to day of nurses".
“Many hospitals complain that they have no money to pay for policing. But why do hospitals have to pay policing? Aren't we all state? Is there no way to guarantee that this policing is independent of a payment from hospitals? ”Asks the president.
The latest case of violence took place against a nurse at dawn on Wednesday at the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon.
“She was doing her job in one of the many areas that the emergency department has, she had to move to give her medication and that patient understood that the nurse would have taken longer than she would like and when she arrives with the medication, she hit her with a snap, pulled her hair, and then her husband comes to punch her and her children, ”he says.
“Nothing justifies this,” stresses the president, questioning the reaction of local authorities.
“The aggression was witnessed by a law enforcement officer who was accompanying another patient in the emergency room and people were able to stay in place as if they were nothing. They were not detained, nothing happened to them and the companions were able to stay there, it seems that even in an attitude of permission ”, criticizes.
Case sent to the Public Prosecution Service
On the PSP side, the description is different. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Lisbon Public Security Police said that the police on duty at the Santa Maria Hospital at the time did not witness the facts, only taking note of the occurrence and identifying those involved.
The agents were called by the coordinating nurse for a case of mutual aggression in one of the care offices, the note said, adding that the case was sent to the Public Prosecution Service.
According to the PSP, everything happened around 2 am and the nurse involved had to receive treatment in the emergency room.
Hospital guarantees support to battered nurse
The administration of the Lisbon North Hospital Center (CHLN) strongly condemns this morning's assault on a nurse at the Santa Maria Hospital, who guarantees all the clinical and legal support she needs.
In a statement, the CHLN says the nurse was beaten by a patient and her companion, whose identification has since been communicated to law enforcement authorities.
The same note recalls that security at the Santa Maria Emergency Room is provided by the police who are there and other security professionals from the hospital itself.
Following this case, the administration says it is looking into possible improvements to the security scheme.