Unison claims staff are at risk over needlesOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today NHS trusts are putting short-term costs ahead of the long-term healthprotection of their staff by failing to use safe needles that protect againstneedlestick injuries, the health workers’ union Unison has said. The survey of Unison branches around the country found that while 94 percent of employers were aware of safer needles, just two-thirds were involved intesting or evaluating them. Other findings included that where trusts were piloting or evaluating safeneedles, 76 per cent said they had set up a committee to monitor progress, 30per cent had increased or improved training and 26 per cent had startedcampaigns to raise awareness. New sharp bins had been introduced at 13 per cent of the trusts surveyed. Unison national officer Jon Richards said that while it was encouraging that68 per cent are testing or evaluating safer needles, short-term costimplications are often given as the reason why others are failing to act. “However, any cost savings can be very short-lived when the costs oftesting staff, lost work time, personal injury claims and other medical costsare added up,” he said. There are an estimated 100,000 needlestick injuries in the UK each year.Unison is campaigning for a ban on old-fashioned, unsafe needles and thenationwide introduction of needles that are retractable or have protectiveshields. www.unison.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.