Growing fears over hospital safety

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22 March 2005, BRUSSELS – There are growing fears over the security of Belgian hospitals after recent press reports revealed a worrying picture of criminality at a major Liege health care centre.

22 March 2005

BRUSSELS – There are growing fears over the security of Belgian hospitals after recent press reports revealed a worrying picture of criminality at a major Liege health care centre.

Incidents of incessant theft, drugs and people entering with weapons were recorded at the city's central regional hospital (CHR).

And the Liege CHR is not alone in this phenomenon.

In 2001, a report by the health authorities in the Liege region showed 335 cases of violence in one month in four institutions.

One example is cited of a drugs dealer who entered the hospital lobby on 2 February with 5g of heroine.

On 4 February, there were four physical attacks, including one attack with a knife.

On 22 February, a nurse was found tied to her driving wheel, with her trousers open, and on 26 February, firemen had to put out a fire started deliberately.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

 

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