LOS ANGELES (AP) — State workers plan to rally outside a Norwalk mental hospital Wednesday to protest what they’re calling dangerous working conditions.

Union spokeswoman Sue Wilson says Metropolitan State Hospital is one of the state’s facilities where enough isn’t being done to prevent assaults.

According to state statistics, there is an average of 3.6 patient-on-staff assaults every day at Metropolitan State.

A nurse was killed in the past year at Napa State Hospital.

Worker safety conditions have become a major point of contention between the union and the state’s Department of Mental Health, which oversees mental hospitals.

DMH did not return an after-hours phone call for comment Tuesday.

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Comments (3)
  1. CRAZYNESS says:

    Absolutely! The standard of employee safety at mental hospitals is laughable. I used to work at a private mental hospital. As a petite woman, I was stuck alone in rooms full of 20 to 30 schizophrenic patients to counsel them. I was ignored when I would ask for extra staff to sit in. I was just given instruction on take-downs and told to yell “CODE GREY” for help.


    Last straw, for me, was getting a book thrown at my head and told, once again, that some guys thought I was the decil and wanted to kill me. No thanks.

  2. The Mad Man says:

    Why isn’t this making the HEADLINE of the local paper. This is something to check into.

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