A WOMAN who allegedly threatened a hospital employee yesterday was later charged intimidation.
The incident has triggered a warning from the Health Services Union that hospital staff may take industrial action unless the Northern NSW Local Health District tightens security at Lismore Base.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Bill McKenna said an employee of the Lismore Base Hospital arrived for work about 5.55am when the incident occurred.
"A female employee of the Lismore Base Hospital was parking her car in the car park underneath the hospital when she was approached by a woman," he said.
"That woman wanted directions to Goonellabah and then demanded the hospital employee's vehicle.
"She made a threat towards the victim who sounded her car's horn and after approximately 30 seconds the woman ran off and local hospital staff and security staff were advised."
Insp McKenna said the hospital employee reported the incident to police.
"At about 6.30am police attended a domestic incident in which the female offender was arrested."
She was taken to Lismore police station, charged with intimidation and granted conditional bail.
Darren Brown from the Health Services Union has told ABC Radio the union wanted security staff replaced if they were away.
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