N.B. nurses call for beefed up security measures in hospitals

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The New Brunswick Nurses Union is calling on the provincial government for increased security measures in hospitals.

Documents obtained by the union though Right-to-Information show 48 security guard positions were unfilled as of May 1st, and two thirds of security personnel don't feel they have enough resources.

Union president Paula Doucet says there's a crisis in workplace health and safety at New Brunswick hospitals and changes are needed right away.

Health Minister Hugh Flemming said violence against health-care workers is unacceptable and it is the responsibility of Regional Health Authorities to provide and maintain a safe hospital environment.