The PPE conundrum by Danna Quinto, Head of Litigation and Family Services/Partner of Deo Volente LLP
I am an immigrant, a transplant from Philippines circa ago. Most, if not all, of the Filipino people of my age that I know of and am close with, who live in the UK are nurses or health care workers. This includes my best friend of 23 years, and many childhood friends. Most of my Filipino clients are nurses too. this blog is more than another legal summary. close to home. To the health care workers – thank god for you. May the law do you justice, may it protect you whilst you do your job. If it falls short, may moral duty urge someone to do something urgently to fix that.
It is a complicated, unprecedented, and evolving situation know, we know. I also know that my client who is a fears she will not be able to see the end of her settlement negotiations as she witnessed nurse friends being rolled to the ICU. I have also been asked for the nth time by the nth of a thing or two about drafting their wills. There is an air of perishability floating with the spring pollens.
It has been widely reported that there is a gap in the healthcare workers (HCW) supply of Personal Protective Equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic fight. One news article noted “repetition of use of PPE” by HCWs, another reported supply levels as “critically low”.
The Guardian asked last weekend raised this query: “Was the UK as prepared as it should have been for coronavirus, including holding the appropriate levels of the right PPE equipment?”. The article then acknowledges the need for a practical debate rather than an . It then made a conjecture that logistics is the problem.
Was the UK stockpile of PPE kept at a level with sufficient consideration as to the “Section 8 effect” during an apocalyptic supply market?
- Access to adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and hand for all nursing, midwifery, social care and student nurse staff for use at the point of care.
- Full occupational sick pay paid from day 1 for all our members, with no detriment, regardless of where they work.
- Provision from government and employers to ensure all nursing staff can care for their children without a loss of income.
- Clarity on the measures taken to protect pregnant and vulnerable nursing staff.
- Stringent measures in place to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of staff by addressing fatigue, hydration and issues of abuse towards staff.”
There are a lot of questions. I understand the government are “triaging” they need to deal with. It is hoped that the RCN and all HCWs receive answers and assurances they deserve, and that HCWs shall not be put a position where they need to contemplate choosing to break their contractual obligation in order to keep themselves safe.
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My previous experience is management roles within a busy hotel, it is an exciting opportunity to transfer and adapt what I have learnt in my 3 years in the hospitality industry to Deo Volente!
My passion is people, I excel at the chance to help others- whether it’s a client or a colleague!