A nurse brutally attacked with a razor blade by a patient lost his job after he was signed off sick.
Phil Borg, 53, was savagely slashed at a mental health hospital in Middlesbrough by paranoid schizophrenic Jason Phillips, 48, in December 2017.
The grandad of five was left dripping in blood, needed 21 stitches at hospital, has a permanent scar and has struggled mentally ever since, Teesside Live reports.
Signed off on long term sick leave, Mr Borg said the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS Trust wrote to him to say his contract had been terminated in April.
“It was their fault it happened,” he said. “I don’t know how they managed to do it, he had a history of using blades and knives but nobody on the ward was aware of it.
“It wasn’t passed on to any of the staff. It could have been averted, I have been on counselling ever since, I’m on anti depressants.”
Mr Borg had previously enjoyed getting out the house and going to watch Middlesbrough FC play, but now “can’t do anything”.
He said he now struggles on public transport, is scared to go out alone and hasn’t been to watch Boro since.
He has also been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
Speaking of the attack itself on a rehabilitation ward at the Marton Road hospital, he said: “It was just a shock really. I didn’t see it coming.
“If we had known about his history, he probably wouldn’t have even been on the ward.”
The nurse of nine years said he was contacted by the trust after he had been off for 12 months and told his contract had been terminated.
He appealed the decision, but it was upheld in April, leaving him on sickness benefits.
He added he feels “let down – especially now I have lost my job as well”.
Jason Phillips appeared in court last week where he was sentenced for one count of unlawful wounding.
Judge Peter Armstrong made a section 37 hospital order and a section 41 restriction order under the Mental Health Act – meaning Phillips will remain at Roseberry Park, where the incident happened.
A panel must rule that Phillips is in a fit state before he can be released.
Dominic Gardner, director of operations at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust said: “We take the safety of our staff very seriously and do everything we can to minimise the risk to them at work.
“We have introduced a range of approaches and training to support staff to prevent behaviours that challenge from happening.
“We are also engaging with community safety partnerships and local police to manage violent and aggressive behaviour in our services.
“A range of support is also available to staff including psychological therapies, counselling and occupational health services.
“We are sorry to hear that Mr Borg is experiencing difficulties following the incident but it would not be appropriate to comment on individual staff issues.”