194 HSE Staff Receive State Pa...

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194 HSE Staff Receive State Payment Following Patient Assaults

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

1:25 PM - 11 Sep 2019



Nearly 200 HSE staff have received special state payments because of serious physical assaults by patients since January 2018.

New figures also show 41 staff have been sexually assaulted on duty in the same time frame.

 

HSE employees who are absent from work because of a reckless attack by a patient may be eligible for the Serious Physical Assault Scheme, which includes basic pay, allowances and premium pay that staff would have earned if they were still at work.

According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, 59 people qualified for the scheme this year and 135 last year.

HSE Source: Health Service Executive

There was a 5% increase in the number of physical or verbal assaults on staff last year - with nearly 6,200 recorded.

27 HSE employees were allegedly sexually assaulted in 2018 and 14 so far this year.

 

The HSE says it's committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment and to supporting employees who became injured in the course of their work.

*Reporting by Eoghan Murphy



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