Fine of £12, 5000 after worker contracts virus

Fine of £12, 5000 after worker contracts virusIt has been reported that after injuring herself on a needle, a health care worker contracted hepatitis C.

About £12, 5000 has been fined on Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust after it admitted that in February 2007 it breached health and safety laws.

The Health and Safety Executive, HSE, brought the court case which said the healthcare worker's infection had been preventable.

Improvements to systems were made since then as stated by a trust spokesman.

An additional £9,500 costs were ordered to pay by the hospital trust.

Magistrates in Worcester heard that the infected worker who remains unidentified took blood from someone who was already infected with the virus.

Due to other equipment on the way, she then had difficulty disposing of the needle in the correct bin.

In an attempt to reach across for a tissue, she caught her wrist on a work surface on which she had put the needle.

Speaking after the hearing, the HSE said, “The staff member had not been made aware of the patient's infection and she had not been supervised during the procedure. She had been training at the trust for three weeks when the injury happened.”

It was also added by an HSE spokeswoman that this infection was entirely preventable.