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Safety strategy needed in NHS to stop injuries to staff

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7420.890-e (Published 16 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:890
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Better and more well coordinated safety strategies are needed in the NHS to prevent accidents among staff that currently cost the health service more than £170m ($282m; €242m) a year, says the public spending watchdog, the Public Accounts Committee.

    In 20012 more than 135 000 accidents were reported among NHS staff; this figure was described by the chairman of the committee as a “substantial increase” on previous years.

    Accidents to NHS staff lead to staff shortages and increased workloads, both …

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