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In response to the fatal shooting of a man in Lismore last week, hospital staff at the Base say they want clearer protocols regarding the management of prisoners.

Workers at Lismore Base Hospital met yesterday to discuss a range of security and safety issues following the shooting of a man under Corrective Services custody outside the hospital’s Emergency Department last Friday evening.

Health Services Union (HSU) Secretary Gerard Hayes said hospital workers were deeply saddened and upset, and offered their sympathy to the family of the deceased man.

Mr Hayes said hospital workers were determined to ensure that lessons were learned from the tragedy to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

‘While it is important not to pre-empt the outcomes of formal investigations, there are things that can be done straight away,’ said Mr Hayes after the meeting. ‘In fact, delaying these common sense measures will simply put more lives at risk.’

 ‘Lismore Base Hospital workers have identified a number of improvements to security processes, and have called on hospital management to implement these improvements urgently.’

Issues identified by hospital staff include: Clear protocols are to be put in place as to how prisoners are received in the hospital, how they move around the hospital, and how they depart the hospital; Security are to be notified by Corrective Services when a prisoner is coming to the hospital with an estimated time of arrival, so they can be prepared as per the practice of NSW Police; Security must be present when the prisoner is moving around the hospital or Emergency Department to ensure the safety of staff and patients; All movements of prisoners into and out of the hospital should be performed through the lockable acute room, which has direct access to the ambulance bay; All staff regardless of classification who work in ED re to have completed Violence Prevention and Management Training (VPM); and, Live feed of CCTV to be provided to the Nurse in Charge workstation of the waiting room, ambulance bay and any other area deemed necessary.

Investigators are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident – or has relevant dashcam vision – and who has not yet spoken with police, to contact Lismore Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Two Corrective Services officers are assisting police with inquiries.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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