Hospital office set alight

2011-06-16 00:00

POLICE are investigating a case of arson after an office near the Nurses College at Grey’s Hospital caught fire on Tuesday night.

A car tyre was burned in front of the building yesterday morning.

The office that was burnt is reportedly where nurses’ training records are archived.

The cards were locked in a steel filling cabinet and were not damaged.

However, a curtain and a computer were in the fire.

Sources at the hospital, who declined to be named, said a cleaner arriving for work in the morning to find that the office had been set alight.

The source said the culprit had managed to open the window and set fire to the curtains.

However, the flames died out.

She said that although it is not clear who started the fire, it is suspected that the incident is linked to a dispute between the management and some nursing students over a test the nurses wrote last week.

The source alleged that although the nurses wrote the test, they were ordered to rewrite it today because of certain irregularities. 

It is believed that the nurses were reluctant rewrite the test.

“I spoke to one of the nurses who told me that they were not willing to re-write the test as they have not been informed why they should …”

The source said they suspect that some of the nurses had set the office alight to try to avoid the test.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health, Chris Maxon, said yesterday a tyre had been burnt at the college.

He said he was not aware of the fire at the office.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said that a case of arson has been opened and that no one has yet been arrested.

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