Molestation and abuse – a risk ranked in the asbestosis league

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Molestation and abuse of elderly and vulnerable people by professional carers has, until relatively recently, been a little-known problem. However, following recent high profile cases and detailed research, the full extent of this issue has become better known. In an article published in the _Times_ in January 2004 a survey of 700 nurses found that 88 per cent had encountered abuse of elderly people at work, ranging from verbal, emotional and financial abuse through to the headline grabbing physical and sexual abuse. In 1991, Age Concern put the numbers of those abused at between five and nine per cent of those aged over 65, or more than 500,000 people. These are startling figures and it is easy to understand why molestation and abuse is being seen as the next “asbestosis” risk by some insurers. As with asbestosis, there is no way of predicting the extent of the future problem. This is obviously of concern to insurance markets – insurers and re-insurers alike. The Statutory Limitation period, or the period wi

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