An incident over two years ago where staff members were assaulted by a patient, has resulted in an $80,000 fine for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Back in January of 2014, a registered nurse working the night shift was making her rounds at the Queen Street facility, when she was attacked from behind by a patient.
Records indicate this particular patient had a violent history and had not been following a prescribed medication plan.
A co-worker intervened in the assault. Both workers suffered physical and psychological injuries; the nurse has not returned to work.
The patient was subsequently charged and convicted of assault.
CAMH pleaded guilty to “failing to develop, establish and put into effect measures and procedures including safe work practices to protect workers in the circumstances on the night shift from workplace violence or the risk thereof posed by a patient as is required by Section 8 of the Health Care and Residential Facilities Regulation (Regulation 67/93) and Section 25(1)(c) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.”
“We are so disappointed by the outcome, and by CAMH’s obvious reluctance to take responsibility for its unsafe workplace standards. CAMH was alerted by staff that the individual who eventually brutally attacked that nurse was dangerous. They did nothing. Daily, staff told CAMH that this individual was scaring them. They did nothing. Safety isn’t a luxury; it’s a right” – Nancy Pridham, President of Local 500, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).