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Safety in the workplace remains a top priority, and that includes the safety of local doctors, nurses, security staff and hospital workers.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed the introduction of body-worn cameras at Tamworth Hospital to crack down on instances of abusive behaviour and violence at the hospital.

“Everyone deserves the right to go to work and earn a living safe in the knowledge that they’ll be coming home unharmed,” Mr Anderson said.

“It’s deeply troubling to hear reports of health workers and hospital security staff facing verbal and physical abuse, especially when they’re caring for patients.

“The safety of our health workers is paramount, which is why I’ve been advocating for greater support for our hospital security staff.

“It’s completely unacceptable for anyone to act aggressively towards hospital staff, and with body cameras in place, those who do behave in this way will face prosecution.”

This trial is part of the ongoing implementation of recommendations from the Anderson Review of Hospital Security, which were supported by the former Coalition Government.

“Improving safety and security for our hospital staff is an ongoing challenge and health continues to be innovative in it’s approach to addressing the issue,” Mr Anderson added.

“This is just the first step of many to improve the safety of our health staff, and I’ve already had discussions with the Minister expressing my support for this trial and welcoming any additional moves to improve safety in our hospitals.

“Our nurses, doctors, support staff and security guards deserve to go to work in the knowledge that they’ll get home safe, and I’ll continue to advocate on their behalf.”

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