Member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates MP has called on the Labor Government to dramatically increase the Police and security presence at the Gold Coast University Hospital following concerns over the number of “Code Black” security incidents.
Ms Bates, a registered nurse of over 30 years’ experience who recently spent a night observing at the GCUH alongside a Clinical Team Coordinator nurse (CTC), said she was shocked to see the level of violent behaviour which preoccupied all security officers on duty for hours at a time.
“I was astounded to see, during a recent night duty shift at Gold Coast University Hospital, that security were under resourced and forced to spend hours at a time calming down patients who are under the influence of drugs such as Fantasy, Ecstasy and ICE,” said Ms Bates.
“During the shift, five of the six security staff on duty in the Emergency Department were attempting to subdue a violent drug user, which meant the rest of the hospital was forced to make do with one available security officer.
“When simultaneous Code Blacks occurred this meant that security officers had to split their resources as they have to respond to all Code Blacks regardless of how many are occurring at the same time.”
“When the Commonwealth Games Village and a new private hospital are constructed in the area, the population surrounding the GCUH will be as big as a regional town, meaning we need to seriously consider security arrangements at this major hospital.”
Ms Bates said the solution would be to dramatically increase the number of in house security officers, while an onsite Police Beat may also be necessary in the long run.
“A dedicated Police presence through the establishment of a Police Beat at GCUH will be absolutely critical to ensuring the safety of patients and staff on site and responding to security threats, particularly as drugs such as ICE remain a major problem,” she said.
Ms Bates said she would be raising this issue in writing with the Health Minister prior to the next sitting of Parliament.