Healthcare workers ‘face violence’ for pandemic work
May 22, 2020. The AA reports:
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) on Thursday said its global network has informed it of "highly concerning" reports of mounting violence aimed directly at nurses and other healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Violence against nurses and other healthcare workers has always been a serious issue, but it should never be accepted as part of the job," states an article published in British medical journal The Lancet.
It is co-authored by ICN chief executive officer Howard Catton who told journalists covering the UN in Geneva last week that the association estimated that nearly 100,000 healthcare worker infections had been reported worldwide.
He said there were limitations of collecting information through the nursing associations, "but it means that the numbers that we're putting out we think are underestimations of the true scale and picture of infections."
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