A British social worker stabbed by a psychiatric patient for whose child she was responsible, recently won her case at the Court of Appeal, giving her the right to sue two health authorities responsible for her attacker’s care, according to UNISON,the UK’s largest public service union
.UNISON member Claire Selwood was stabbed six times by Graham Burton, of Murton, after he confronted her during a professional conference at his child’s school in County Durham. Just two days earlier he had told medical staff at Cherry Knowle Hospital, Sunderland that he would kill her on the spot if he saw her. This was the last of a number of threats that were not acted upon.
“Organizations such as local authorities and NHS Trusts must protect vulnerable workers in the workplace. There must be procedures when threats are made against staff that work for or with them.”