There was a stabbing at Belleville General Hospital this year, which appears to be exactly the type of violence a recent survey is shedding light on.
The Ontario Council of Hospital Unions says that over the last 12 months, 2/3 of front line staff have been assaulted, with 1/5, assaulted more than nine times.
Several staff members within QHC, who asked not to be named, have told Quinte News of a patient who stabbed a nurse several times with a pen.
The patient has been charged and is before the courts.
Susan Rowe with QHC says they cannot comment on individual cases, however she says they have seen an increase of violent cases at local hospitals.
Rowe says dementia and related diseases are one of the contributing factors to the increase in violence.
The full survey by the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions is available by CLICKING HERE
You can get Quinte News’ full interview with Susan Rowe below.