A safer place to work

A safer place to work

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Staff absences in the NHS due to sickness represent an average of 4.9 per cent across all NHS trusts, compared with an average of 3.7 per cent for all public administration, education and health employees. Staff accidents and other health and safety issues, such as violence and aggression against NHS staff, are major factors in staff absences. In 2001-02, recorded incidents of violence and aggression increased by 13 per cent and recorded accidents by 24 per cent against the 2000-01 baseline. In some NHS trusts the number of accidents had fallen due to improved training and practices, but in others there had been an increase due to improved awareness and reporting, while in all trusts there remained a significant problem of under-reporting of accidents.HSE expressed concerns about the Trusta#39;s manual handling performance. ... The Trusta#39;s Personnel and Employment Director expressed an interest in developing and funding a video based manual handling training system, specificallyanbsp;...

Title:A safer place to work
Author:Great Britain. National Audit Office
Publisher: - 2003-04-30


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