July 26, 2012

Stabbed social worker wins right to sue health authorities

A social worker stabbed by a psychiatric patient for whose child she was responsible has won the right to sue the two health authorities in charge of her attacker’s care.

The Court of Appeal has given Claire Selwood the go ahead to pursue her claim against two NHS trusts after it emerged medical staff failed to warn her about the threat of an attack.

If the case is ultimately successful, local authorities and NHS trusts may be required in future to check that threats against the personal safety of social workers are made known to all parties, taken seriously and acted upon, according to Unison.