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December 17, 2004

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... for about $150,000, 99 brains were shipped to The Stanley Medical Research Institute in Maryland, which focuses on studying schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. ...

NSW:Psychiatric clinic operator fined $70,000 over nurse attack

AAP General News (Australia); 12/15/2004

By Samantha Baden, Industrial Reporter

SYDNEY, Dec 15 AAP - The operator of a Sydney psychiatric clinic has been fined more
than $70,000 over an incident in which a mental patient attempted to strangle a nurse.

Suzanne Moroney, a registered nurse employed by Ramsay Health Australia at the Evesham
Clinic in Cremorne, was attacked by the patient on March 11, 2001.

WorkCover took the case to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) saying Ramsay
had failed to ensure the health, safety and welfare at work of all its employees, and
in particular Ms Moroney.

It also said Ramsay failed to provide and maintain a system of work for managing psychiatric
patients that was safe and without risk to health.

Ramsay entered a guilty plea to both charges.

Ms Moroney's attacker, who can be referred to only as EG, had been admitted to the
clinic on five previous occasions with a clinical history of bipolar mood disorder complicated
by drug and alcohol abuse, Justice Wayne Haylen said in his judgment.

The hospital progress notes showed that at various times, EG was verbally abusive and
physically aggressive towards staff.

On the night of March 11, EG tried to strangle Ms Moroney, who lost consciousness for
a short time.

The patient then scratched Ms Moroney's head, face and neck and hit her head against
the wall, according to the judgment.

Ms Moroney, who was never instructed to wear a personal alarm by her employer, then
backed into a treatment room where she found four panic alarms which she activated.

Three colleagues came ot her aid and she was taken to hospital.

Justice Haylen said it was not enough for Ramsay to have a policy concerning duress
alarms if it had fallen into disuse.

"The evidence before the court demonstrates that the defendant had a number of safety
systems in operation but almost inexplicably the policy in relation to the use and operation
of duress alarms and the orientation of new employees was not followed," Justice Haylen
said.

But he noted that following the incident, Ramsay had taken a significant steps to reduce
the dangers to staff exposed by the attack.

As a result, Justice Haylen reduced the penalty for breach of the Occupational Health
& Safety Act (OH&S) by 10 per cent and a further 25 per cent because the company had pleaded
guilty.

Ramsay was fined $74,750 and ordered to pay WorkCover's legal costs.

2004 AAP Information Services Pty Limited (AAP) or its Licensors.

MAN WHO THREATENED BUSH FOUND INSANE

Wisconsin State Journal; 12/14/2004; Kevin Murphy Correspondent for The Capital Times The writer retains the copyright for this article

Federal jurors found a man who, while at the Dane County Regional Airport, threatened to kill the president of the United States not guilty by reason of insanity after a one-day trial.

Brian F. Ray, of Madison, told Transportation Security Administration employees on Dec. 17, 2003, that he needed help to get "to the White House" and that there "would be a murder there," said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil. Ray later told Dane County deputy sheriffs that he was "going to take down the president," Vaudreuil said.
Ray's "delusional" speech and grandiose statements made it apparent to the deputies that he was having a bipolar episode, Vaudreuil said.

Ray was indicted for making a threat against the president and hospitalized for a psychological evaluation, which indicated he wasn't criminally responsible for his offense. A psychologist hired by the defense came to the same conclusion.

With the facts not in dispute, "jurors were basically asked to confirm" the diagnoses, Vaudreuil said.

District Judge John Shabaz set a Jan. 20 hearing to determine whether Ray remains a danger to himself or others and should remain in custody, or if he qualifies for supervised release.

(Copyright (c) Madison Newspapers, Inc. 2004)

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