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Calls for improved security at Solihull Hospital after nurse attacked

A MEMBER of the governing body of Solihull Hospital has called for security there to be tightened after a nurse was attacked by masked men.

A MEMBER of the governing body of Solihull Hospital has called for security there to be tightened after a nurse was attacked by masked men.

Borough councillor Jim Ryan said it was “outrageous” that a dedicated professional caring for sick and injured people should be exposed to such dangers in broad daylight at her place of work.

The 51-year-old victim, believed to be a matron, was walking to her car after finishing her shift at the hospital’s accident and emergency unit on the afternoon of Tuesday March 3, when she was confronted by two men in balaclavas.

They demanded her car keys and struggled with her when she refused to hand them over. They grabbed her before jumping into her black Volkswagen Golf and speeding away from the car park.

The woman was not seriously injured but was left badly shaken.

Phil Chambers, lead security management specialist, said: “We take safety and security of all our patients and staff very seriously.

“The hospital’s security team is working closely with the police to investigate this incident. This will include a review of existing security systems and procedures.”

CCTV footage of the car park is being examined by Solihull police.

Solihull Hospital is run by Heart of England NHS Trust and Cllr Ryan (Con, Bickenhill) is a member of the board.

He said: “I will be telling the next board meeting that security needs to be tightened. This was a piece of brazen thuggery carried out in broad daylight and must not be allowed to happen again.

“I hope the men concerned are caught and the full weight of the courts comes down on them.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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