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Athalassa staff ‘in danger’ from prison patients

Public sector union PASYNO on Monday urged the justice and health ministries to take action over convicts being taken to the Athalassa psychiatric facility without proper security, saying it was the most important problem facing the hospital.
In a letter to both ministries, PASYNO said lack of security was endangering the health of the convicts, the staff and the public.
Staff had reached their limit and were ready to take escalating measures, the union said.
“Nursing staff at Athalassa are put in danger as the convicts referred there for treatment are not accompanied by proper security and guards and the process to receive a patient at the hospital and transfer him back to the Central Prison drags on.”
The union said every patient from the prison referred for treatment at Athalassa needed to be accompanied by a security guard so nursing staff would only have their job to carry out.
The union said authorities should also clarify who bears responsibility if a patient or staff member was injured.
PASYNO said nursing staff should bear no responsibility if a prisoner escaped.

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