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Resource ID: #21998
Subject: Worker Safety
Source: East Bay Express (Emeryville
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Date: Feb. 18

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This investigative story of Alameda County's acute psychiatric hospital, John George, started when a doctor was beaten and strangled to death by a mentally ill patient. It was revealed that assaults by patients were common in the facility and hospital staff complained for years about 'inadequate safeguards' to protect them from potentially violent patients. This investigation also revealed that a lot of facilities like John George put 'severe restrictions' on how to handle violent patients, which can put many hospital staff in danger.

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