UK. A SHORTAGE of personal protective equipment is leaving NHS workers at risk – so far over 20 have died of Covid-19. But in Friday’s press briefing, health minister Matt Hancock blamed care staff themselves for the shortage, accusing them of misusing it. Here’s what he said: “There’s enough PPE to go round, but only if it’s used in line with our guidance. We need everyone to treat PPE like the precious resource that it is. That means only using it when there’s a clinical need, and not using more than is needed… Many items of PPE can be used for a whole session, not be changed after treating each individual patient.” He then repeated: “There’s enough PPE to go round.”
Original published by Class War Daily (PDF file)
Read the full edition of Class War Daily Monday 13 April 2020: here (pdf file).
OUR CARE HOMES HAVE BECOME CHARNEL HOUSES
MATT “HERCULES” HANCOCK should face a war crimes tribunal in the Hague for allowing the current massacre in our care homes to proceed as it has. We are hearing too many reports from across the country of care homes where 15 to 20 residents are being found dead
every morning – one home in Yorkshire found 40 dead.
We’re hearing that para- medics have been told not to collect any elderly people from care homes who are showing symptoms of Covid-19, and only to collect their corpses. Previously they would have been taken to A&E.
Patients are understandably frightened. Staff are frightened as well – frightened that they can’t automatically make patients better, can’t make the situation better; and frightened for themselves, their loved ones and their colleagues.
Care home morale is at an all-time low. One care assistant told Class War Daily:
“We know a lot of the people coming in. It’s absolutely heartbreaking – we can do nothing for them except wash and cuddle them, putting
ourselves on course to pass the virus to them and their families. Then we see Hancock on TV saying there are loads of supplies and we should use them more than once. Even once would be an improvement – we haven’t got any.“
“There’s a kamikaze mood growing among some care assistants who go on wearing no PPE and cuddling the residents. It’s almost a rational response to what they are facing. It’s like a medieval charnel house – that’s all I can say.”
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