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UK Nurse Quits Care Home Job Over Lack of PPE Saying 'My Children Need Me Alive' by katty : May 04, 2020, 01:52:27 PM
An experienced Scots nurse with young children quit her job in a care home due to not having access to proper PPE and said 'my children need me alive'.

The mum had raised serious grievances about the lack of access to personal protective equipment and says concerns over coronavirus  were not taken seriously.

Sarah (not her real name) handed in her notice with immediate effect after being told she would only be given gloves and an apron unless there was a confirmed case of Covid-19 at her workplace.



The nurse is now unemployed, but desperately wants to help during the Covid-19 crisis.

She told The Mirror : “I have a young family, children with disabilities, they need me."

And Sarah said former colleagues had threatened to walk out because they did not feel that adequate steps were being taken.

It was only after she contacted Unison that staff at her former workplace were given PPE.

She said: "I was speaking out for the safety of those in my care, including staff. I was following my code of conduct."

She continued: "I know I was not the only staff member to raise concern.

"I asked where the PPE was, I was told we weren't going to get it.

"No Covid, no PPE, only normal gloves and apron."

But despite raising concerns, she said workers at the care home were not given any protective equipment.

"This was the final straw for me, as a nurse I pride myself on delivering the best care I possibly can," she said.

"The carers are fantastic however they were scared."

Sarah said: "I will never work in the private care industry again.

"I'm currently on the NHS bank and seeking to get back into the NHS."

Unison said the decision to quit would not be an easy one to make, but said care home staff were being put in an "impossible position".

The union's assistant general secretary Christina McAnea told Mirror Online: "Care staff are dedicated to their jobs, and the vulnerable and elderly people they look after.

"Walking away is the last thing a care worker would ever wish to do.

"PPE shortages are placing staff in an impossible position.

"It's wrong to expect staff in residential homes and out in the community to put themselves, their families and those they care for at risk.

"The government must go all out to resolve the PPE supply problems."

And Dame Donna Kinnair, General Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said that medical staff are living in fear for themselves and their patients.

She said: “It is little wonder, in this climate, nursing staff are in such fear for their own safety and that of their patients.

"This crisis is taking the lives of nursing staff, and their colleagues feel they've been left exposed.

"All decision makers involved here need to get an urgent grip on the situation. Nursing staff just want to do their jobs - they must be given protection in order to do so."

Boris Johnson is under pressure to set up a public inquiry into his government’s “grotesque failure” to provide frontline NHS workers with enough protective equipment.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady called on ministers to commit to an independent judge-led inquiry into the distribution problems starting by the end of the year.


It comes amid fears that widespread alleged failings in care homes across Scotland.

Figures show about 40 per cent of all confirmed or suspected Covid-19 deaths were in care homes.

Care home concerns have been replicated across the UK as more than 7,000 care home residents are feared to have died after contracting coronavirus, the National Care Forum says.

Source : https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/scots-nurse-quits-care-home-21967638.amp

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