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Nurses worried over needle risk

19th November 2008

A report suggests one-third of nurses fear contracting diseases like hepatitis C and HIV by being pricked by a used needle.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) revealed around half of all nurses have experienced this type of accident and 90 per cent of the time blood was drawn.

After telling their employer, more than a quarter of nurses did not receive advice about the risks of blood-borne diseases and only one in three were satisfied with support provided.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the RCN, said: “Being stuck by a needle can be a very traumatic experience, yet too many employers in the NHS fail to provide the necessary support to nurses.

“Government and employers in the NHS need to start taking this issue seriously,” he added.

A total of 96 per cent of nurses use needles regularly as part of their job.

In related news, a computer virus has infected NHS computers, shutting down the systems of three London hospitals.

The technical problems took down the computers of Bart’s in the City, the London Chest Hospital and the Royal London in Whitechapel.

As a result of the technical problems, emergency procedures were activated, with ambulances diverted to other locations.

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