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ICYMI: Bucshon Op-Ed: Healthcare facilities should be places for healing, not violence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.-08), penned an op-ed for Modern Healthcare highlighting his SAVE Act to help protect hospital workers from rising acts of violence. 

 

“The risk of harm resulting from violent incidents has increased during COVID-19 pandemic. Many hospitals are reeling from workforce shortages, and the remaining staff are facing historic levels of stress and burnout. At the same time, we are seeing a dramatic uptick in violence in our hospitals, and 1 in 10 nurses report that over the course of the pandemic it was more difficult to report these incidents of violence than before. This strain, caused by this global health crisis, has placed an unprecedented burden on our healthcare community and catalyzed a decades-long problem that we must address.

 

“Currently, there is no federal law that protects hospital employees from assault and intimidation. This is why I teamed up with Representative Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania) to introduce the Safety From Violence for Healthcare Employees (SAVE) Act, which will put in place federal legal protections to help deter violence inside our nation’s hospitals and other care sites and keep these vital institutions safer and more secure,” said Dr. Bucshon. 

 

Read Congressman Bucshon’s full op-ed here .