University Hospital Kerry increases security following assaults on staff

University Hospital Kerry has increased security following assaults on staff recently.

Staff in the Accident and Emergency department have been subjected to a number of assaults, according to Deputy Michael Healy Rae who is calling for more protection for visitors and workers.

He raised the issue with the Minister for Health Simon Harris in an attempt to obtain more security for the Kerry hospital.

Minister for Health Simon Harris told Deputy Healy-Rae that UHK currently has two security officers on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to cover the whole hospital site.

Since November last year, UHK has rostered an additional 8 hours of security officers from 6pm to 2am daily, and these hours are directly based within the emergency department.

The hospital group has also engaged with local Gardaí and regular meetings are now taking place, while the Hospital Watch Committee has also been restarted.

An audit has also been undertaken and the hospital are awaiting recommendations from this.

Deputy Michael Healy Rae says the protection of hospital users and workers is of paramount importance and believes a safer environment would be in the interest of everyone.