House Bills Would Protect Healthcare Workers Against Violence

Posted on March 14, 2019

Michigan capitol buildingOn March 12, a bipartisan group of representatives introduced House Bills 4327 and 4328, which would increase the penalties for those committing assault against healthcare professionals or medical volunteers. Similar enhanced penalties for assault are currently in place to help protect police officers, paramedics and other first responders in Michigan.

Violence against healthcare workers is becoming an increasingly large problem in hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the country. According to 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers in the healthcare and social assistance sector experienced violence-related injuries in the workplace at a rate more than four times higher than the rate for workers in the private sector overall. A safe environment for both patients and healthcare professionals is vital for Michigan hospitals to continue delivering the highest quality care.

The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Hank Vaupel (R-Fowlerville), introduced similar legislation last term that was supported by the MHA, but did not reach a vote on the House floor. The MHA has been a longtime advocate of legislation to enhance hospital employee and volunteer safety and applauds the House Health Policy Committee Chairman and his colleagues for introducing these bills once again. The association looks forward to the upcoming discussion on these bills in the House Judiciary Committee.

A timeline for movement on this bill has not been set. For more information, contact Adam Carlson at the MHA.


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Tags: workplace safety, violence against healthcare workers, HBs 4327 and 4328

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