A primary care trust (PCT) has been prosecuted after a patient was injured by a fall, which may show the need for liabilities cover.
North East Essex PCT admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at Harwich magistrates court and was ordered to pay a £10,000 fine with £4,972 in costs.
The case related to an accident in March last year, when a 68-year-old partially-sighted patient fell more than four metres from a first floor window at Clacton & District Hospital.
As a result of the accident, the man broke his pelvis, shoulder and coccyx and struck his head.
Kim Wicks, an inspector with the Health and Safety Executive, said: "Today's case should serve as an alarm bell, reminding all primary care trusts how vitally important it is to carry out full risk assessments and act on the findings."
Recently, a Stoke-on-Trent construction company was fined £8,000 for an accident which saw a worker fall from the first floor of a building.
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