50,000 NHS staff affected by work-related health problems

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Nearly a quarter of NHS staff have reported an injury or illness in the pastyear from moving or handling patients, needlestick or sharps injuries, trips orfalls, or from being exposed to dangerous substances, a survey by the Government’sNHS watchdog has found. The study of 200,000 NHS staff, by the Commission for Health Improvement(CHI), discovered that 22 per cent had reported injuries or illness in theprevious year, and 39 per cent said they had suffered from work-related stress.Just as worrying, 15 per cent said they had experienced physical violence atwork, usually from patients or their relatives, and 37 per cent had sufferedharassment, bullying or abuse. Of those, 28 per cent said the abuse had come from patients or theirrelatives, 7 per cent from managers or supervisors, and 11 per cent fromcolleagues. Yet, despite this, NHS staff are by and large happy, with 73 per centgenerally satisfied. Workers showed their commitment to the service, with 75per cent regularly working more than their contracted hours. Health and safety training was lacking in areas, although 60 per cent ofrespondents had received training in the previous 12 months. Acting CHI chief executive, Jocelyn Cornwell, said despite the high satisfactionlevels, it was “concerning” that almost one in six staff hadexperienced physical violence at work. “Although this unfortunate statistic is comparable to other northEuropean healthcare providers, more needs to be done to ensure staff can goabout their work without the fear of being attacked,” she added. NHS chief executive, Sir Nigel Crisp, said: “It is vitally importantthat our workforce is properly trained, protected and supported so it can givethe best possible care to patients.” Karen Jennings, head of health at union Unison, said it was clear theservice needed to do more to tackle violence, accidents, injuries and workplacestress. Beverly Malone, general secretary of the RCN, expressed concern at thenumbers without health and safety training. www.chi.nhs.uk/eng/surveys/nss2003/index.shtml Related posts:No related photos. 50,000 NHS staff affected by work-related health problemsOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img