Ahead of its annual conference, the GMB Union has released figures based on Freedom of Information Requests showing more than 6,000 attacks on care workers by violent residents in the last five years.
The Freedom of Information request was made by the GMB Union to the HSE in respect of attacks reported to the HSE. Of those attacks, over 5,000 resulted in care workers having to take over seven days off work.
In publicising these statistics, the GMB notes that this figure of over 6,000 attacks on care workers is probably not necessarily representative of what care workers face on a daily basis – as these attacks reported to the HSE will be the ones only deemed serious enough to report.
Publicity surrounding these figures has stated that these high levels of attacks are symptomatic of understaffing in the care sector.
Further information can be found here: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/09/6000-residential-care-workers-suffer-violent-attacks
Written by Jennifer Johnston at BLM