NHS operators at risk. Practitioners feel unprotect because of no proper PPE
NHS operators feel unprotect for the lack of PPE. The GMB declares that NHS practitioners are at risk. Allegedly 1 Londoner in 5 is affected by COVID-19.
According to the GMB Union, around 679 frontline ambulance crew in the London Ambulance Service got COVID-19 infection. For example, NHS operators allegedly have disposable aprons which are not sufficient to cover them properly. They respond to a patient, and then to another risking to contaminate them, but they do not dispose of enough PPE to change them straight away.
PPE must be suitable into a controlled setting, but ambulances mean not a controlled one. As the Public Health England advises, any practitioner who is working within two metres of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient should wear an apron, gloves, surgical mask and eye protection. However, many paramedics confirmed to the BBC that PPEs are not sufficient to protect every ambulance operator.
Every day, many NHS operators are struck down with high temperatures and other symptoms linked to COVID-19. Potentially they can take it into their houses and this is the most disturbing aspect.
According to some testimony to the BBC, paramedics take patients to the hospital in flimsy paper masks, a plastic thin apron that flaps up in the slightest breeze and gloves. Many practitioners go mad thinking about the level of PPE that hospital staff dispose of, compared to theirs.
However, until the 2nd April, no Government advice recommended the NHS operators and hospital staff to wear goggles if in the proximity of a COVID-19 patient. After the last release of Public Health England, it is hardly recommended to wear eye protection.
It is proved that NHS operators have the same probability of getting the virus than anyone. The problem is concrete and if not solved properly, it could bring to serious society conditions.