Bed block blamed for latest attack on hospital doctors and nurses

Patient who injured medical staff had waited three weeks for a specialist mental health bed, union says.
Bernadette Mulholland. Photo: SASMOA website.

Doctors have called for improved security after yet another violent incident, in which three doctors and two nurses were injured by a mental health patient in SA. 

An SA doctors’ union says increasing numbers of salaried medical officers are reporting ‘code blacks’ — personal threats — in hospitals and want better security, particularly in rural areas.