Sunshine Hospital doctor assaulted at knifepoint whilst leaving work

Date: Nov 21, 2019

Thugs forced a doctor from Sunshine Hospital to his car at knifepoint, which the assailants then stole. The physician lambasted his employer, Western Health, for what he described as a lack of support and victim-blaming in the wake of the incident, according to The Age.

Threatened with a knife and marched to his car
The junior doctor had finished his shift in the pediatric emergency department on Nov. 12 around 11 p.m. and was walking to his Suburu Impreza sedan, which he’d parked on Mulhall Drive instead of a car park at the medical centre.

“I am upset and angry about what happened to me,” the doctor said in a social media post. “But I am more upset how my case has been handled by Western Health as they have not notified my incident to all the staff members at Western Health and are blaming me for not using the staff car park.”

Management at the health care company, which employs nearly 6,500 people, defended its response to the incident.

Russell Harrison, chief executive of Western Health, said the armed robbery victim had “received extensive support and care” and that staff can ask for escorts to their cars.

Workers compensation applies during commute
In New South Wales, employees may be eligible for workers compensation for injuries suffered at or whilst commuting to or from work. Gerard Malouf & Partners specialise in personal injury law. Across 35 years of practise, our firm knows the ins and outs of obtaining compensation for:

  • Medical and rehabilitation expenses
  • Compensation for economic loss including loss of wages including weekly benefits for loss of earnings
  • Lump sum compensation for your injury in certain circumstances including compensation for pain and suffering if you have suffered a permanent impairment
  • Legal costs

The junior doctor isn’t the only Sunshine Hospital employee to be assaulted recently. Less than a week after that incident, a registrar suffered a broken tooth and was robbed in an assault near the facility.

Police urge health care workers to ‘Walk in groups’
Western Health released the following warning for employees in a Facebook post: “Police have advised us to urge you to be aware of your surroundings if you are walking to your vehicle or public transport and not be visibly checking mobile phones whilst walking,” the statement read. “They have also suggested as a precaution, that staff parking off-site or going to the station should, where possible, walk in groups or obtain lifts from colleagues.”

If you have been injured on the job or while commuting, contact the solicitors at Gerard Malouf & Partners. We maintain a No Win No Fee* policy for all persons we represent.

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