Thursday, March 22, 2012

Minister: Caretakers should not help Violent Patients

Aggression and violence toward medical personnel is a serious problem in the Netherlands. In a report by Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health, it is written that caretakers and doctors should no longer be obligated to help violent patients. Schippers wants to rid society of the idea that such risks are part of the job. Complaints to the police should be registered, even if the suspect is a patient requiring treatment. Rapid justice should be introduced to deal with such cases and if the incident is found justified by the courts, damage has to be claimed. More than 6 million Euro have been reserved to deal with this problem, including training of personnel.

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