What I really donít understand is how working with inadequate PPE isnít a breach of H+S regs?I know that guidance was recently revised down in the case of PPE but surely there are still breaches for NHS and care home staff ?
In the first instance, given this is a SARS-type virus, if the government are not providing health care workers *all* of the PPE listed in section 6 of the following HSE link then surely they are in breach of their own HSAW Act? Do journalists ever ask whether the gov thinks it is complying with its own laws? I don't watch the briefings any more but I doubt it. If they've let themselves off it via the new coronavirus bill it would still be good to know:https://www.hse.gov.uk/biosafety/diseases/sars.htm
Eye protection required where risk of splashing from 'aerosol generating procedures'. I.e. sticking a tube down someone. https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/face-mask-equivalence-aprons-gowns-eye-protection-coronavirus.htm
Actions to mitigate PPE distribution is regarded by our members to have been too slow and not transparent.Public commitments have not translated into increases in consistently deployed and accessible stocks of adequate PPE.Without adequate and proper PPE, nursing staff are putting their own lives, the lives of their families and patients, at risk. This situation is unconscionable.ĒA lack of PPE and hand sanitiser is particularly acute for nurses in GP surgeries and care homes, the RCN added. The RCN said that insufficient and inadequate PPE means health and care employers are breaching statutory obligations.The union said it had written to the Health and Safety Executive calling for intervention.
Haven't read the replies up thread but just a musing - does anyone posting here actually KNOW - not have anecdotal evidence or using media reports as evidence - firstly what PPE is or isn't being worn in different areas of different hospitals (it's not a blanket policy in all areas of hospitals), and secondly what their actual stock of PPE is.
Quote from: petejh on April 08, 2020, 11:04:09 amHaven't read the replies up thread but just a musing - does anyone posting here actually KNOW - not have anecdotal evidence or using media reports as evidence - firstly what PPE is or isn't being worn in different areas of different hospitals (it's not a blanket policy in all areas of hospitals), and secondly what their actual stock of PPE is.As Toby said, it actually very much depends on the Trust.
Dominic Raab at today's briefing dodged answering a question about increasing NHS workers pay - "there will be a moment when we look at formally recognising all those on the front line who have done so much to pull us through this very difficult period for our country." he said.
Given all the fuss and threats from councils and the police about sunbathers and frisbee throwers in parks i don't understand why more of a stink isn't being raised about the number of call outs for house and street parties. Twice as many calls for parties as incidents in parks, and its hard to imagine Manchester is exceptional. Much more of a mockery of the spirit and letter of the restrictions than many of the other incidents that the police have been enthusiastically shaming online. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-52221688
An article from Byline Times looking at government policy on covid 19.
Presumably we're going down one of two roads - either 1) A gradual herd immunity approach, where we slow it down enough to build NHS resources and hopefully work out what drugs make you less likely to get really ill when you get it... or...2) full-on reduction in numbers then huge amounts of testing and contact tracing with (enforced?) isolation of those who've been in contact with recent casesIf we're going for 2 then our lockdown is shit and should be way more rigorous (otherwise lockdown will have to be WAY longer). Our approach looks more like 1 than 2 right now, so presumably we should expect what the article seems outraged about. Am I missing something? Do we think that countries are coordinating behind the scenes on 1 vs 2? It would seem dumb to have half the world do 1, half the world do 2, and then have to cut the world in half in terms of allowed travel. If that happens I really hope we pick the same option as France and Spain
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