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Violence and Abuse Soaring in Regional Hospitals

Violence and abuse is skyrocketing in SA hospitals, according to the numbers of physical, verbal and mental abuse incidents reported by staff to SA Health's internal Safety Learning System.

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In regional areas, incidents have jumped from 863 in 2017 to 1,484 last year, with 4,308 incidents reported across the state last year.

A number of violent incidents at the Port Lincoln Hospital were reported by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation SA over the past year, leading to a gathering on the city foreshore in Feburary to push for further security measures.

The new State Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Chris Piction, confirmed a review of security arrangements will be undertaken at the Port Lincoln Hospital earlier this month.

The Federation's Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Dabars says Port Lincoln is a particular concerning location.

"We absolutely support that review. We're very pleased that they appear to be listening to the issues that we were raising," she said.

"That review is much needed because we know that Port Lincoln Hospital in particular, and Mount Gambier Hospital amongst others, have been really recipients of shocking abuse."

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