HEALTH INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

27%

INJURIES DUE TO HANDLING AND LIFTING

29%

7 DAYS OR MORE OFF WORK

£2.7B

TOTAL COST TO THE INDUSTRY

HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

The BBC have stated ‘rising rates of life expectancy are grinding to a halt in England after more than 100 years of continuous progress, says a leading health expert’. Imagine a world where life expectancy exceeded 100 years! How do we begin to get there?

Injury Statistics within the Healthcare Industry 

Healthcare services are great at producing positive results for patients, but does the healthcare system aid employees to protect them from injury and illness? HSE statistics stated that the averages of the period 2014/2015 showed that 5.7 million working days were lost of which 37% of those injuries resulted in musco-skeletal disorders, which alone totaled 1.5 million days lost. In 2014/2015 27% of the injuries sustained working in healthcare were due to handling and lifting, another 27% was due to slips, trips and falls. And an outstanding 25,000 out of the 86,000 injury cases within healthcare resulted in 7 or more days taken off. The total cost estimated for the injuries and illnesses was £2.7 billion.

Effects on Business

Adversely affecting the business, when an employee becomes ill they will have to take sufficient time off to make sure the illness isn’t passed onto a patient. Which costs more money to the organisation as they’ve lost productivity and efficiency within the workforce due to the lesser numbers available to tend to, presumably, the same number of patients or personnel. With a huge amount of the healthcare within the UK being run by the government, keeping costs low is highly beneficial allowing taxpayers money being invested elsewhere. The Government, funded by you reading this and every other taxpayer within the UK, has a limit for its capacity to provide a better lifestyle for the citizens of the UK so unnecessary costs to them also affect individuals indirectly throughout Great Britain.

Effects on Employees

Imagine being an employee within healthcare trying to cure and provide care for others but then end up needing it yourself due to not having the appropriate safety equipment and processes in place. As you can imagine it will feel rather frustrating! It can become stressful running around after others and when an employee unfortunately injures themselves, or contracts a work-related illness, it is unpleasant. Until the employee has been given the appropriate time off to allow the illness to pass, to avoid further illness to others, they could have missed out on a day or two’s worth of pay. And to the individual two days of pay may be essential to their economic income. However, the effects do not stop with just the injured employee, as the tasks left behind to fulfill will be taken up by other workers. Increasing the stress and workload on the other workers, increasing the risk of injury and illness to the workers.

Benefits of Improving the Injury Rate

Reducing the rate of injury in the workplace will benefit individuals as long and short term physical and mental damage will diminish due to an increased lifestyle capacity. Reducing injury within the UK Healthcare Industry will also benefit others around the UK, as it allows the unnecessary costs to be sourced out to different areas of the economy. This indirectly benefits UK citizens as it will mean an increase in providing better facilities around the country.
A key benefit is that, in theory, if we used all the money spent on compensation, due to healthcare workers getting injured or ill, to benefit human life in terms of health care and various other areas of human life we, in theory, will live longer and enjoy for longer the life that we each work and thrive for.

Life expectancy in the U.K has been rising since the beginning of the 20th century, however recent studies have brought to light that life expectancy has levelled off since 2010, with other sources revealing that children should no longer expect to live to an older age than their parents.
Injury Statistics within the Healthcare Industry In 2014/2015 27% of the injuries sustained working in healthcare were due to handling and lifting, with an outstanding 25,000 out of the 86,000 resulting in 7 or more days taken off. The total cost estimated for the injuries and illnesses was £2.7 billion.