Saturday, May 29, 2004. 9:29am (AEST)
Hospital violence measures 'inadequate'
The Victorian Liberal Party says new measures to tackle violence in the state's hospitals do not go far enough.
Figures released this week indicate there were more than 2,600 violent incidents against nurses in just four public hospitals over the past six months.
This week, the State Government announced the formation of a task force to investigate ways to cut violence in the public hospital system.
The Shadow Health Minister, David Davis, says a more practical approach is needed.
"It's clear there needs to be a crackdown on violence in hospitals," he said.
"It's clear there needs to be proper policing of hospitals to make sure that people can feel safe and feel secure.
"Patients have the right to be safe when they visit hospitals."