By Stephanie Stahl, Philadelphia.CBSlocal.com
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — CBS 3 uncovers something disturbing happening inside local hospitals. Health care workers being attacked. 3 On Your Side Health Reporter Stephanie Stahl has the investigation.
The Labor Department says health care is the leading industry for workplace violence.
How many attacks are there? We don’t know because there is no uniform reporting system. So CBS 3 asked nearly 70 local hospitals how many incidents they’ve had. Only three provided numbers.
“They don’t like the bad publicity,” said Patty Eakin, President of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurses. She says some hospitals are not doing enough to protect their staff. And nurses are often reluctant to report abuse for a number of reasons, including fear of retribution from their employer.