Thousands of NHS workers injured at work

Between 2008 and 2011 there were more than 8,800 serious injuries to NHS workers caused by workplace accidents according to recent figures. Nurses, midwives and many other medical professionals were affected however it is thought that many more injuries were not reported to the NHS.

The figures were published in the Nursing Times Magazine after a request was made under the Freedom of Information Act for details about the industrial accidents reported by the NHS to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Never before have such statistics been published.

NHS Injury at work claims- the breakdown

Amongst the injuries and illnesses detailed were:

• 2057 sprained backs

• 50 fractured skulls

• 300 broken limbs

• 5 amputated fingers

Although 20,000 work related injuries were reported by the NHS to the HSE, only 8,828 of those were deemed serious in that they required 3 or more days of work, made the victim unfit to work or resulted in non medical accident related death.

Furthermore, it is believed that over 40% of reportable injuries were not reported to the NHS or HSE between 2009 and 2010 meaning that the actual number of serious NHS industrial accidents could be far higher.

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