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Compensation for needlestick injury is profoundly mistaken

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7185.735a (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:735
  1. Stephen F Hayes (stephen.hayes1@virgin.net), General practitioner

    EDITOR—A doctor has received £460 000 compensation for a mental health problem which she developed after a needlestick injury at work. I too have had needlestick injuries at work; I have also been physically assaulted by patients three times. On one occasion I was half strangled and repeatedly beaten over the head with a piece of broken furniture and kicked so that my body was covered with bruises. I had a cup of tea and a cry and …

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