News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Abuse Of Hospital Staff Unacceptable

Hawke’s Bay DHB’s chief executive Keriana Brooking says staff who work for the DHB, or in any other healthcare setting in Hawke’s Bay, should not have to face abuse, intimidation or violence of any kind at work.

Mrs Brooking said the district health board had a zero tolerance to violence and verbal threats and would trespass visitors who were abusive to staff.

“Over the holiday period we have staff working 24/7, caring for people when they need medical and life saving treatment. Staff give up time with their families so they can be there with you when you need them. We understand it can be a scary time for people ending up in hospital, but our staff deserve to be treated with respect at all times.”

Abusive patients will be asked to sign a contract with us and sign-up to behave while we care for them, if not we will discharge them as soon as they are medically fit to leave, she said.

“It is not ok for staff who come to work to care for people to have to cope with violence and intimidation from anyone.”

Mrs Brooking said the district health board had increased its security presence and installed more CCTV cameras, which were monitored closely and staff would not hesitate to call for Police support if it was required.

“Please take care of yourself over the holiday period. We are here if you need us, but please treat our staff with the kindness they will show to you.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>

Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>

Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland