SEAN DOUGL AS Thursda y, December 29 2016
NURSES continue to be under attack from patients at the nation’s hospitals, with no proper form of compensation for their injuries. This is the picture of the profession painted by TT Registered Nurses Association president, Idi Stewart, who vowed action in 2017 to highlight such cases. In one incident last month, a patient receiving emergency treatment bit the finger of the nurse who was treating her at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mount Hope.
Stewart said the biting incident had never been reported in the media.
“It was not a psychiatric patient but a female patient who was going through certain things and who was a little unstable,” he related.
“The nurse and the doctors tried to restrain her and she bit the nurse’s finger.” Stewart lamented that there is no compensation for such injuries.
“The RHAs (Regional Health Authorities) tell you to seek workmen’s compensation but that sum is woefully inadequate and it is a long, drawn-out process”.