Ipswich Hospital to Maintain Security Measures at Existing Level

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WEST Moreton health officials say they will not increase security personnel at Ipswich Hospital despite a number of assaults reported on the hospital grounds in the past year.

Statistics collated on the police.qld.gov.au crime map show in the past year six assaults on the hospital grounds reported to police in the past year, four of them solved.

The last reported assault, on November 30 just after 8pm, remains unsolved.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service CEO Lesley Dwyer said while no statistics on staff assaults were kept, they took any treats to staff or patient safety seriously.

Security staff at the health service's Bell St Health Plaza were cut during last year's budget savings, but security at the hospital was not reduced.

There is 24-hour security camera's at the hospital's car park.

Ms Dwyer said like every hospital and health service in Queensland, West Moreton Hospital and Health Service had a "zero tolerance" policy regarding abusive or violent behaviour. …