Violence against health care staff is extensive, and ongoing. OCHU fights to end this violence by working with researchers, policy-makers, management, and members.




Navigating Attacks Against Health Care Workers in the COVID-19 Era

A week and a half after Chicago’s COVID-19 lockdown began in 2020, a nurse on a bus ride home from her hospital shift felt the brunt of the pandemic. But it didn’t come in the form of treating an onslaught of patients with SARS-CoV-2—she hadn’t been assigned to care...

‘Everyone is terrified’: What’s behind workplace violence at Newmarket’s Southlake hospital?

“The number of code white alarm calls at Southlake, sounded when someone is at risk of violence, rose from 402 in 2015-16 to 653 in 2016-17. In 2017-18, there were 549 calls.”

‘Happens too often’: Stabbing of HSN nurse by patient highlights pervasive violence in health care sector

Nurse received serious injuries after being stabbed with screwdriver; 62-year-old man charged with assault A recent incident at Health Sciences North involving an employee being stabbed by a patient highlights the pervasive nature of violence in Ontario health-care...

Newsletter – May 27

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Bill to protect workers who report or speak up about violence against staff in the workplace reintroduced

France Gelinas MPP re-introduces bill to protect workers who report or speak up about violence against staff in the workplace. Download Bill 111Download speaking_out_about_workplace_violence_and_workplace_harassment_act_2019_...Download

Violence in long-term care homes prompts fears of staffing crisis

Workers in long-term care homes are reporting unprecedented levels of assault and harassment, contributing to a turnover rate that is leaving the industry at risk of a staffing crisis, a new study says. Read and watch more on CTV.

Breaking Point: Violence Against Long-Term Care Staff

A new report from James Brophy, Margaret Keith, and Michael Hurley Direct resident care in long-term care facilities is carried out predominantly by personal support workers and registered practical nurses, the majority of whom are women. They experience physical,...

Kingston Violence conference a major success

40 participants from Kingston healthcare organizations attended a conference on Violence in Healthcare on March 2 at City hall in Kingston. Presenters included Dr. Margaret Keith and Dr. James Brophy; Sharon Richer, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Council of...