Friday, March 11, 2016

A case for legislation and regulation: PSW sexual assaults

Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital
This is more evidence that personal support workers (PSWs) need to be regulated and registered. There is nothing to stop this sexual predator from sexually assaulting other clients in other locations. He has been fired, but has been hired elsewhere.

Staff made complaints about him, but nothing was done. Families were not informed, despite these complaints, until they investigated. The fact that they are seniors doesn't matter. It all comes down to a lack of action on the part of the hospital.

What is also shocking is that there is no way to track and ban this man from working elsewhere, to further assault patients. The hospital minimized the complaints, as well as the number of complaints against this man by both patients and staff. The hospital waited a month after firing him to inform the families.

GTA hospital didn't notify police about allegations seniors had been sexually assaulted

A Greater Toronto Area hospital didn't alert police after allegations were made that a staff member sexually assaulted at least five elderly patients, CBC News has learned.  Instead, the Richmond Hill, Ont., hospital fired the man, a personal support worker, 
and he went on to find a similar job at another health-care facility.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, only long-term care facilities like old-age homes are mandated to report incidents of sexual assault or other forms of patient abuse to police.
Toronto Shojaadin Mohammad-ZadehShojaadin Mohammad-Zadeh, 51, was charged with one count of sexual assault at the end of January in connection with an incident at a Richmond Hill, Ont., hospital. (York Regional Police)hospital fired the man, a personal support worker, and he went on to find a similar job at another health-care facility.

1 comment:

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, dear, how awful, Jenn.
And to add insult to injury, as my mother used to say, he has the sort of name that will get all the bigots in the big city all stirred up, even though his heredity has nothing to do with his behaviour.