Nurses demand police protection after cutlass attack

The Saint Lucia Nurses Association (SLNA) has demanded a consistent police presence at the casualty department of Victoria Hospital, following last night’s incident in which a patient who had earlier been taken to the institution with cutlass wounds, was attacked by a visitor.

“This latest incident just brings to light that the security, especially at the Accident and Emergency Department, should be heightened,” a spokesperson for the SLNA told the Times.

According to the official, hiring a security firm is insufficient especially in these critical times when violent crime is on the rise.

“We need the security officers to be properly trained and we need police assistance in the casualty department and ward nine,” the SLNA official said in an interview with the Times.

The SLNA spokesperson expressed the view that in cases where persons have been admitted to Victoria Hospital after incidents involving violent attacks, people who visit them should be searched.

“The time has come when persons who are coming in to visit, especially if we have an incident of chopping or gun violence, we need to have certain persons screened before entering the department because you have have to protect the other patients and also the staff that work there,” the official told the Times.

According to the spokesperson, there was need for a permanent presence of police officers at Victoria Hospital.

“I cannot say SSU because remember SSU are specially trained personnel, but we need some sort of permanent police presence at Victoria Hospital,” the official declared.

The comments follow last night’s cutlass attack on a patient who had been rushed to the hospital following a chopping incident at Marc.

According to reports, a man entered the casualty department with a cutlass concealed under his clothing and proceeded to attack  the already wounded man, sending visitors, staff and other patients scrambling for cover.

The assailant and two other men who had accompanied him to the hospital were  subsequently arrested by the police after an armed security officer at the hospital and a private citizen intervened, it is reported.


  1. Sharon terrell
    March 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    SECURITY,SECURITY,SECURITY Stop leaving our Clinics and Hospitals open to the criminals they know they are free to enter and do whatever they want.Put policemen yeah you’ll know them the ones with the white shirts and black pants in our hospitals.And its time to arm our female nurses with tasers and stunt guns.And allow our male nurses and Doctors and some personnel to carry counseled licensed guns.

    1. Ben
      March 5, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      The words are “stun guns” and “concealed licensed guns”apart from your absurd suggestion to arm nurses and doctors.

      1. Anon1
        March 6, 2017 at 9:49 am

        Ben take no notice budding Sharon Terrell isn’t logically thinking individual at all.

  2. Cabbie
    March 5, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Stationing a cop at the door of every surviving chopping / shooting victim, Hmmmmm, not at all a bad idea. If the culprit(s) come to finish the job, the police can easily nab him / them. Saves $$ on police searching. Let the bastards come present themselves to police.

  3. Lime Juice
    March 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Why not just asked them whom they are visiting, then informed the patient their name? If the patient doesn’t know or wanna meet the visitor, then they should not be allowed to meet the patient

  4. Anonymous
    March 5, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Everybody is talking about giving this one and that a gun,can u emaginemag if that was to happen? We need our laws enforce asap there are laws in this county please enforce them.the penalties should be steeper if u enter a hospital or a school to do these things there should be no bail, a step fine and mandetory jail time .These places should be the last place u think about going to commit a crime.Wake up government of st.lucia stop sleeping .wake the he’ll up.

    1. Anonymous
      March 5, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      So true brother these guys should get twenty years at least

  5. Sanjeev
    March 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    The solution is simple — facilitate the ability of all citizens to protect themselves by making it legal for everyone without a criminal record or documented mental health issue to be able purchase and carry concealed handguns — it levels the paying field completely if every last one of us carries a gun every we go.
    It’s legal in may U.S. states and those states have the lowest crime rate.
    And remember, it is not guns that kill people — people kill people.
    It is time to lobby our government to make the necessary changes to the statues to allow all to carry guns.

    1. Anon1
      March 6, 2017 at 9:58 am

      Sanjeev no disrespect but I think you’re either living in states for too long and you’ve acquired Americans mentality. Or if you don’t live in the States you’re watching too many Hollywood films.

      Never ever use the States as an example when discussing Guns.

      Sanjeev your proposal already exist in St Lucia the main difference is that citizens have to apply for a Licence, if they’re not Mentally Challenged or have a Criminal Record.

  6. Anonymous
    March 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I agree 10000000%

  7. Johnny Wishbone
    March 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Why arm? Just get out the guitar and sing Kumbaya and give the assailant a hug and some nuturing. This is all they need.

  8. Cascadela
    March 5, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Lol every citizen carry a gun insane,demonic ,stupidity yes and then a gun end up the wrong hands..then we start another blaming game really..The law need to be upheld steeper punishment,security at the hospital’s should be revamped we can see the security procedures in place are weak.Allowing anyone to enter a medical facility without proper body search with metal dectector and by hand there will always be violent criminals entering hospitals or schools.Government need to ensure the security firms are properly equipped has trained guards with dogs that can do drugs searches aswell.This is not the first surely will not be the last.If government cannot protect the health institutions who will? they need to boost up security as the next incident will be a sight of despair a wake up call it will be too late to blame someome can walk in place abomb and walk the fuck out killing innocent people with no regards for human life take a,look its happening all over who said it wont hit 238 sq miles..Its time to wake up st lucia

  9. common
    March 5, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    nurses want police so they can kill people in peace ? endless shate they doing in that hospital but y’all must pay for my relative y’all kill

  10. SLU Observer
    March 5, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Sighhh…. yll asked for security. .. checked …then yll asked for armed security. . Checked. …. Police cant b everwhere a crime is committed. …armed security did deh job … WELL DONE !!!!!

    1. viewer
      March 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      You are definitely an observer because the security really did do his job and saved the victim’s life,also the civilian who assisted. Police cannot be every where,so these kind of things will happen with or without their presence. I believe the only way to halt this from transpiring is to do a security search and check,and inform the victims’,before allowing anyone to visit the individual…

  11. Angry
    March 5, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    St. Lucia has no law, bring back the hanging. These criminal are getting away with it that’s why they will never stop. Look like the government is afraid of them. Come on teach thme a damn lesson

  12. Truth Seeker
    March 5, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    You don’t need a police officer there. All you have to do is train your security personnel and develop a protocol /guidelines for visit.

  13. Anonymous
    March 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    We are a country of laws my ppl our problem is we do not in force our laws Its time we demand that it is.I say this because criminals are given to much rights by human rights and none for the victim’s nor the police because some ppl of this country encourage these criminals for their agenda nonthelesst these criminals never pay’s by the full force of the law.It takes the police so much hard work to bring these guy’s to justice only to see so much red tape set them free only for them to commit worse crimes than before.I have never even heard anyone of them being charged for attempted murder when they perpetuate such hateful crimes such as the one in the hospital.U can’t have these guys on the streets its only a matter of time before they kill someone.This incident is now fresh in peoples mind so u hear them making outrageous comments,however they’ve just been arrested but u wait a couple a months and they’ll be back on the streets for someone else to experience their wrath.what a bunch of pathetic Lucian’s? They eat the bread of sorrows and refuses to pray for justice for the victimsso fear will be all they eat unless we become our brother’s keeper and stand for sincere truth and justice or we’ll have no peace.

  14. Smh
    March 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Last i checked there were police officers at the security booth at the hospital. Plus there are security officers stationed at points at the hospital. Less they want officers attached to each nurse and follow them around. Hire a security firm with better trained officers.

  15. Anonymous
    March 5, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Do you want to show ID every time you come to the hospital. Do you want to verify that you know somebody in the hospital before they let you in. Do you want to be stopped and searched each time you enter the hospital. If yes then these attacks can stop but if you don’t then not even police can stop a man who is angry enough to attack someone in a hospital bed. Lets use our heads first and stop asking the gov’t to spend money which it clearly don’t have.

  16. viewer
    March 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    The security officer really did do a good job and saved the victim’s life,also the civilian who assisted. Police can’t be ubiquitous, so these ilk things will happen,with or without their presence. I believe the only way to halt this from transpiring; is to allow security checks at the gate,and also,to inform the victims’ before allowing anyone to visit the individual…

  17. eye whitness
    March 5, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    The situation was handle professionally thumbs up to the hospital security, the security firm and the individual who assisted the armed security held him up was he steel did not want to stop the individual who assisted them I believe who is part of some law enforcement pull out his tasser and point it towards him when then he saw and heard the noise he complied I am pleased with the mannered was handle but he should of been tassed more the same way he was chopping the guy

  18. concern
    March 5, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    The head of security needs to do better this is not the first time that have happened needs to review before another one happens

  19. courage
    March 5, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I must give prases to the security company, hospital security and the individual who assisted them the armed guard held him up was relectant when the individual pull out his tasser and aimed and put it on that’s what got his attention he complied good job guys hospital personal needs to provide they security with their own equipment so that thay can do a better job

  20. No matter
    March 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    What ever had to happen must happen. Everyone cretisized the last security company yet they were doing their best look what happened now so let’s hear them blame security again

  21. Johnny Wishbone
    March 5, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    Johnny Wishbone says we should love our brother. Give peace a chance. Don’t be Donald.

    Peace and love to you all.

    All Glory is His

  22. Gg
    March 6, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Where is Mary Francis . ARE YOU OFF ISLAND ?

    PAR LAY.

  23. AwakenedCritic
    March 6, 2017 at 6:55 am

    All you need is properly trained security guards (more if you aleady have) and proper guidelines to follow when people come to visit. Police officers aren’t security officers.

  24. Jb
    March 6, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Wow in this day and age with all that crime there was no police officers at the hospital? Something like this had to happen?Smh

  25. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Install metal detectors; similar to those in airports