"Workers are being assaulted while treating patients without risk assessments being done, with inadequate security protection. One could make the case that the employer is complicit in these attacks on hospital staff." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
"We await PHSA's response and hope they take the opportunity to work with the union to turn things around at this facility, and quickly." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"For months we have been urging the PHSA to provide suitable protections for staff on par with similar hospitals across Canada such as body armour, blocking pads, and meal pass-through doors for those in seclusion." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"We’ve been raising these concerns for years, and despite numerous WCB orders and fines, the violence continues.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"This facility has an atrocious record when it comes to violent incidents and refusing to address the causes is completely unacceptable.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
The next workplace visit to the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital will be on November 27. BCGEU/NUPGE members are invited to provide feedback on any work-related concerns.
“I want to thank the BCGEU/NUPGE members on the joint occupational health and safety committee at FPH for the important work they have done to make their workplace safer." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President.