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Unite: Social care workers need PPE too!

Vital support


Social care workers are amongst the army of key workers providing vital support to thousands of individuals who are more dependent on such services than ever before.


But it seems that this group of workers is being put at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic by a lack of PPE and workers are reporting that managers are refusing to issue facemasks and when they do, are not providing training in how to use them correctly. Workers are instead being given basic equipment such as aprons and gloves to protect them against the virus as they provide care for the vulnerable and elderly. Other frontline workers are not being supplied with hand sanitiser.


Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The government needs to provide urgently an immediate, adequate and free-flowing supply of PPE to the hospital and community sectors of the NHS.

 “And ministers should not ignore the forgotten army of thousands of dedicated workers employed in social care settings, who are often low-paid.

“We urge a redoubled effort by ministers to cut through the logistics’ logjams and get this equipment to the frontline where our brave doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are risking their health to save others.




Whilst government’s focus has been on healthcare there is now an urgent need to show an equal commitment to those working in social care as these workers feel forgotten by ministers.


Siobhan Endean, Unite National Officer for the Community, Youth and Not for Profit Sector said: “Social care workers are in desperate need of PPE equipment. They are on the frontline of offering support to some of our communities most vulnerable people and it is not right that they should be struggling to keep themselves and those they are supporting safe because of the lack of PPE.

Our members are not only worried about protecting their own health, but that of others they are caring for including members of their own families.

These dedicated workers are playing a vital role in delivering support during this crisis but feel they have been abandoned during this time of national emergency."


April 1st 2020


Cross posted from Unite 4 our society


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