The head of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions says the North Bay Regional Health Centre is an unsafe working environment. Michael Hurley makes the claim following a poll of hospital workers that finds a staggering rate of workplace violence at the site. Hurley says many respondents say they experienced workplace violence at least nine times last year.
The violence includes incidents of pushing, hitting or a patient throwing objects at employees. About half of those polled also say their worried about reprisals if they speak about the workplace violence. Meanwhile the president of the local hospital dispute the findings in the poll. Paul Heinrich says the facility has many programs in place to ensure a safe working environment.
And the programs include dealing with workplace violence. Heinrich adds no employee will be punished for reporting workplace violence in good faith. Heinrich also says he’s disappointed that labour is consistently trying to portray the hospital in a negative light.