Quinte Health Care is going to focus on safety and capacity in 2018.
We talked with the CEO of QHC Mary Clare Egberts about her focus for the year ahead.
She says they are planning on doing a safety audit for the four hospitals, to ensure staff and volunteers have a safe working environment.
Egberts says they will never be able to take away all of the danger of working in a health care facility, but they want to take all steps necessary to ensure as much as possible is being done.
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.
Meantime, Ebgerts says they hope to talk with the province about addressing the issues with the hospitals working above capacity.
Numbers over the past year show that at times, QHC was dealing with numbers 12% to 15% over capacity, and as high as 30% at times.