LATEX GLOVE ALERT.ALLERGIES to latex gloves worn by health staff could cost the NHS NHS
National Health Service
NHS (in Britain) National Health Service billions of pounds.
Around 3.6million people in Britain are allergic to latex, including up to 17 per cent of all nurses.
But they have to wear the latex gloves to protect themselves against infections such as hepatitis and HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. .
Now campaigners have warned that sick pay, re-training and compensation could cost the NHS a fortune.
Latex gloves can also cause the skin condition dermatitis.
Other workers affected include those involved in food preparation, hairdressing and the police.
The Latex Allergy Support Group and the National Association of Theatre Nurses met yesterday to discuss ways of reducing the number of people who develop allergies.
TUC TUC (in Britain and South Africa) Trades Union Congress
TUC n abbr (BRIT) (= Trades Union Congress) → federación nacional de sindicatos
TUC n abbr (Brit) (= policy officer Owen Tudor said: "Latex allergies are entirely preventable and every NHS Trust needs to make sure they aren't causing diseases or endangering their patients."