Monday 28 September 2020
For immediate release
Health and care staff need reassurance about next stage of the pandemic, says UNISON
Commenting on the health secretary’s announcement of increased production and supply of personal protective equipment for health and care workers, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said today (Monday):
“It’s been a terrible time and with infections on the rise, the pandemic is far from over.
“Health staff and care workers need reassurances there’ll be no repeats of the nightmares with safety kit shortages they faced in the spring.
“It’s good most protective equipment will now be coming from UK firms, so supplies will be guaranteed and won’t have to be shipped as far.
“Other aspects of staff welfare must also be tackled to increase safety and reduce the pressures. They all need proper breaks and the chance to take leave.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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