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BCGEU speaks out about violence at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital - BCGEU

A recent spike in physical assaults on staff by patients at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital (FPH) in Coquitlam has prompted the BCGEU to speak out against the lack of action taken by the employer, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), to protect their employees' health and safety.

On August 29th, the BCGEU issued a press release, calling on the B.C. government to act to ensure members' safety, including actions like taking the FPH back under government management, enhanced security in treatment rooms and other measures. Province-wide news coverage has highlighted our call for the B.C. government to take action to ensure our members' safety in the workplace. 

The BCGEU has written a follow-up letter to Health Minister Adrian Dix, outlining the PHSA's poor safety record and calling on the B.C. government to take action. The union has also asked for a meeting with the minister to address the important issue of staff safety at FPH. 

Click the links below to download copies of documents and to access news coverage across the province: 

BCGEU news release (Aug. 29, 2018)

BCGEU letter to Minister Dix (Sept. 6, 2018)

News media coverage:

Vancouver Sun story

Province story

Peace Arch News