The provincial government and BC Nurses Union are putting $2 million towards preventing violence against healthcare workers.
Union president Gayle Duteil says the money will help fund training and additional notification systems for when staff are in trouble.
“Healthcare workers as a whole receive the highest number of Worksafe injury claims for violence-related injuries across this province,” she told reporters reporters on Thursday.
Duteil says their claims for violent incidents exceed those of police officers.
Four facilities in B.C. have been identified as highest priority: the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam, Hillside Centre in Kamloops, Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health in Victoriam and Abbotsford Regional Hospital.
Additional sites will be chosen in the fall.
In December, a nurse was punched and thrown against a wall by a patient at the centre in Kamloops and a doctor was attacked at Penticton Regional Hospital. In March, a nurse at Abbotsford’s hospital had to get stitches to his eye after a patient struck him.