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Assaults at hospitals up 41% under Daniel Andrews

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New figures from the Crime Statistics Agency show that even Victorian hospitals aren’t immune to Daniel Andrews’ crime tsunami.

According to the Crime Statistics Agency, assaults in hospitals have risen 41% since 2014, from 285 to 403. This is compared to assaults Victoria-wide which are up 16%.

The Crime Statistics Agency also found:

·         A 33% increase in overall crime at our hospitals 2014 - 2017 (1,293 to 1,715)

·         There were four homicides at Victorian hospitals in 2017

·         Most regularly reported crimes in hospitals are Theft (533), Assault (403) and Property Damage (151)

·         The LGA’s of Greater Dandenong (20), Melbourne (15) and Southern Grampians (10) reported the most assaults against emergency service workers in 2017, followed by Maroondah (9), Brimbank (8) and Frankston (8)

·         18 Sexual offences recorded at health locations (hospital, medical centre, dentist) in Yarra, with 13 at Hume and 12 from Greater Dandenong.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:

“It says something about Victoria’s crime tsunami that hospital workers now experience serious assaults that are reported to the Police more than every day.

“This is more evidence that Daniel Andrews has lost control of law and order and has not got the answers to keep Victorians safe. 

“Hospitals should be safe places for the sick, their family and health care professionals, not one where patients and workers fear violence.

“The Liberal Nationals have announced a number of policies to make Victoria safer including more police on the beat, tougher sentencing for violent criminals, stronger bail and parole laws and mandatory drug treatment for young people in the youth justice system.”

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