Paris hospitals to get 1,500 CCTV cameras to combat violence against staff

Public hospitals in Paris are set to be kitted out with 1,500 new CCTV cameras in an effort to combat the violence faced by staff and prevent damage to valuable medical equipment, a high ranking heath official has announced.

Paris hospitals to get 1,500 CCTV cameras to combat violence against staff
Hotel-Dieu hospital in Paris. Photo: AFP
The number of CCTV cameras will increase by 40 percent over the next three years in order to cope with the overwhelming incidents of aggression faced by people working in the French capital's 39 public hospitals and the damage to hospital resources.  
“We are taking the next step with video surveillance,” Martin Hirsch, director of the city's hospitals authority AP-HP told Le Parisien on Wednesday. 
Hirsch said the cameras would cost about €30 million or “the equivalent of a small building”.
In 2016, there were 4,302 so-called “undesirable situations” in public hospitals in Paris, according to a study by France's National Observatory of Violence in Healthcare (ONVS). That compares to 3,282 in 2015. 
About half of these situations involved violence or insults against staff members, while the other half involved damage to the hospital itself, including the destruction of valuable medical equipment. 
According to the AP-HP the CCTV cameras will work as a visible preventative measure, help find and identify the people behind the crimes and help security guards intervene more quickly in the event of a fight. 
These cameras will only be installed in passages and in waiting rooms — there is no question of having cameras in the corridors where people are often laid out on beds. 
There are also plans “before the summer” to test advanced CCTV cameras that will be able to “detect fights and suspicious packages, as well as react to a patient falling or disappearing, if they suffer from Alzheimer's, for example”, Hirsch said. 
According to the AP-HP boss, it will be the first time these cameras, currently used mostly in airports, will be tested in the field of health.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.


Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

READ ALSO 6 ways to get around Paris without the Metro