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Workplace safety remains a concern as staff injury bill tops £47 million

The overall bill for compensation payments and legal costs for NHS staff injuries last year was £47.5 million, Nursing Standard can reveal.
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The overall bill for compensation payments and legal costs for NHS staff injuries last year was £47.5 million, Nursing Standard can reveal.

Employers have been urged to improve health and safety at work, as new figures reveal the overall cost of injury compensation claims by NHS staff last year was £47.5 million.

There were 2,889 non-clinical claims brought by NHS staff in 2015-16, according to figures obtained by Nursing Standard from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which handles negligence and other claims against the NHS in England.

The £47.5 million amount includes compensation paid out to claimants, plus all associated legal costs for both the claimant and defence.

Claims ranged from straightforward slips and trips to serious workplace manual handling injuries, and those related to bullying and

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