Baillie Henderson staff safety taken seriously by system
THE Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service says it takes the safety of its staff seriously, including those employed in the medium security mental health Ridley Unit at Baillie Henderson.
A spokesman yesterday said that concern for safety extended also to patients in the care of the DDHHS.
The spokesman would not confirm the two incidents detailed by Queensland Nurses Union organiser Veronica Istvandity, instead stating the health operator had implemented the 62 recommendations arising from the Baillie Henderson Ridley Unit review in 2013.
The review followed the attack of seven nursing staff by 11 patients.
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"DDHHS undertook a comprehensive external review after an incident at Baillie Henderson Hospital's medium secure Ridley Unit in 2013," the spokesman said.
"This review, which included consultation with unions, made a number of recommendations which have all been implemented.
"The review, which was made public when it was released in January 2014, recommended onsite security at Baillie Henderson which is in place.
"Additionally, DDHHS engaged with the Division of Work Health and Safety in May of this year to conduct a subsequent review of practices within Ridley Unit to ensure that we are meeting each of our legislative and moral obligations in relation to this issue."
He said DDHHS would continue to address concerns.