Burns, fractures, and cuts among injuries recorded in Cork Prison population

Burns, fractures, and cuts among injuries recorded in Cork Prison population

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FIFTY prisoners have suffered injuries in Cork Prison in the first seven months of the year.

According to figures supplied to The Echo from the Irish Prison Service through the Freedom of Information Act, one of the inmates was removed to hospital.

During all of last year, there were 76 inmates injured.

The injuries include bruising; burns, scalds or corrosion; cuts, lacerations, grazes, or scratches; fractures; pain or discomfort; sprains or strains, or swelling or inflammation.

Cuts, lacerations, grazes, and scratches amounted for the most injuries, totalling 21 up to the end of July.

Last year, there was also one inmate removed to hospital for treatment.

There was also one bite among the injuries recorded last year.

Meanwhile, 11 prison officers also suffered injuries in the prison, the figures state.

The nature of the injuries included anxiety and trauma; burns, scalds, and corrosion; pain or discomfort, and sprains or strains.

Three officers sustained cuts, lacerations, grazes, or scratches, while two suffered anxiety or trauma.

No prison officer required hospital treatment.

However, a spokesman for the Irish Prison Service said: “485 sick days were taken as a result of the incidents.”

Last year, 42 prison officers were injured at Cork Prison, with 620 sick days taken. No officer was hospitalised.

Last year, nine suffered from stress, according to the figures. Some 26 were on leave for pain and discomfort, while two were recorded as having malaise and nausea.

IPS director general Caron McCaffrey told the PAC last year that there was an absentee rate of 15.7 days a year in the Prison Service in 2017.

She said it was lower than Northern Ireland, which had a rate of 19.7 days per officer.

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