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Sharp increase in hospital health and safety incidents in North Wales

Published date: 25 July 2014 |
Published by: Free Press Reporter
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THE number of health and safety incidents involving hospital staff in North Wales last year rocketed by almost 1,000, it has been revealed.

 

In a report to next week’s meeting of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Health and Safety manager John Martin says that between April, 2013, and March this year, cases shot up from 2,937 to 3,922.

 

The sharp rise, he says, can be attributed to a new system of reporting incidents electronically which has been rolled out across the region.

 

During the year 43 incidents were reported to the Health and Safety Executive, including two “significant” incidents involving patients.

 

Of the overall total 1,914 came under the category of “abusive, violent, disruptive or self-harming”, with a further 1,419 incidents which may have resulted in personal injury.

 

Over 2,200 of the 3,922 were classed as “negligible”, 1,095 as “minor”, 479 as “moderate” and 31 as “major”.

 

The highest number of incidents - 1,522 - was reported in the western area, with 1,354 in the east and 1,047 in the central region.

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