Thursday, March 27, 2008

County to Psych Workers: Yer On Yer Own

By Chris Thompson
Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Despite years of violent attacks and one murder at John George, Alameda County's psychiatric hospital, county administrators have voted to remove sheriff's deputies from patrolling the hospital. Instead, the county has farmed out the job to a private security company, in order to save $380,000 a year. According to the Oakland Tribune, this move has provoked outrage among John George employees, who fear for their lives thanks to a long history of shoddy security and traumatizing attacks on nurses and doctors. As the Express has reported, state officials have repeatedly investigated the hospital and fined it for failing to protect its own employees. Now, it looks like the docs and nurses are on their own once more.


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