The Bulgarian Parliament Votes Against Security Guards in Every Hospital

The opposition in the Bulgarian national assembly lead by the Bulgarian Socialists proposed a motion that would make it compulsory for clinics and hospitals to have special security units who will guarantee the security of medical staff. Naturally, most hospitals and clinics have a security guard at the entrance/exit of the facility. A single person, however, cannot provide security for every staff member.

The motion was rejected with 72 to 44 votes and 52 MPs refrained from voting. It was put forward after it had become clear that there are many assaults on medical staff all throughout the country, but rarely any of those cases end in a conviction or even a fine. Throughout 2017 only 4 people have been brought to justice for assaulting medical staff. In 2016 only 1 person was convicted and in 2015 the number was again 4 people. 

The BSP claims that attacks against doctors and nurses, especially in the ERs, are causing many experts to flee the country and find jobs abroad, where their security is guaranteed. The Socialists claim that the motion wouldn't have cost the hospitals extra money and that today's solution will only lead to more social friction. 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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