Scottish Liberal Democrats have revealed that NHS staff have suffered over 35,000 injuries whilst at work over the past three years.
The injuries include bites, stress, and slips, trips and falls. The figures, obtained by the Scottish Liberal Democrats through Freedom of Information laws, exposed a wide range of risks to health service staff in their day-to-day work.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has said that SNP mismanagement has led to stressful conditions, with under-staffing and lack of capacity adding to pressures felt by health boards.
Mr Hume said:
“Whilst our health boards operate vigorous accident reporting and prevention systems we know that accidents can occur because of potentially unsafe behaviour or conditions.
“Our figures have shown that NHS staff in Scotland suffered over 35,000 injuries whilst at work over the past three years. These include injuries from needles, stress, and slips, trips and falls. It is worrying that violence against staff also remains a high cause of injury, with NHS Lothian reporting 370 incidents where a member of staff has been bitten.
“Injuries such as slips, trips and falls are always preventable. SNP mismanagement of our NHS has led to stressful conditions, under-staffing and lack of capacity in our hospitals only adding to pressures felt by health boards.
“There is never an excuse to cut corners and health boards must do everything within their power to ensure staff are appropriately trained to prevent accidents. But SNP ministers must make life more manageable for health boards by alleviating the pressure they have heaped upon them in recent years.
“Injuries come at great cost to the running of our hospitals, but more importantly they can cost lives. Ministers must work with health boards to reduce these injuries.”