Nurse wins compensation for latex allergy

An NHS nurse who had to give up her career after developing an allergy to
latex gloves was awarded unspecified damages in December last year in an
out-of-court settlement.

Rosemary Newton worked as a fertility specialist in the assisted conception
unit of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

She developed an allergy to latex after using up to 15 pairs of the gloves a

Newton blamed the trust for failing to carry out a proper risk assessment on
the issue.

The hospital has since overhauled its procedures, including setting up a
glove working group, banning the use of powdered gloves – which are blamed for
causing such allergies – setting up a policy to better manage latex allergy and
running latex awareness days.

A report by the TUC in August last year estimated some 100,000 NHS staff
could be at risk and trusts were failing to do enough to provide alternatives.

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