Attack on Barrie nurse of grave concern

July 22, Toronto – SEIU Healthcare is deeply concerned and shocked by the recent violent attack on one of our members in the workplace.

On July 20, a registered practical nurse at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie was violently attacked by a patient, while she was on patient watch for the night. She suffered severe facial injuries and two broken ribs. When police arrived, she was found unconscious. She is currently resting and recuperating from her injuries.

“We will not be silent in the face of workplace violence,” said Sharleen Stewart, President SEIU Healthcare. “Healthcare can be dangerous work and we are outraged at this attack on our member and sister. She has and will continue to have our full support as she recovers from this incident.”

SEIU Healthcare encourages its members and all workers to “break the silence” about workplace violence and supports all efforts to help workers heal from physical abuse and psychological trauma.


SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care.

For media inquiries, contact:

Mark Klein
SEIU Healthcare

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