A masked thief ransacked an NHS office and stole personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The essentials were stolen by the thief wearing a hood while raiding an office in Salford, Greater Manchester.
In addition to protective gear, which is lacking in medical facilities across the country as doctors and nurses fight the coronavirus pandemic, the masked thief stole laptops and petty cash.
In an article on Facebook, an NHS worker described the theft of protective equipment as a “massive punch” and said he felt “emptied, angry and in shock”.
The Great Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the theft, which took place in an office building on Windsor Street in Salford.
Personal protective equipment (PPE), laptops and petty cash were stolen. In the photo: a nurse wearing PPE washes her hands (stock image)
The items were stolen during a raid on an office on Windsor Street in Salford. The office is used by Salford Care Homes Practice, a general practitioner’s office that cares for people in care homes in the city
Staff working for the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust arrived at the office on Sunday morning to find that they had been ransacked.
The office is used by Salford Care Homes Practice, a general practitioner who cares for people in nursing homes across the city.
A spokesperson for the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are shocked and saddened to see one of our community bases robbed and property stolen, including some PPE equipment.
“Our priority has been to support the staff in this unit and to ensure that they have access to the equipment they need to perform their duties.
This is testimony to staff that the delivery of services has not been significantly affected today as a result of this incident.
“We will support the Greater Manchester police in their ongoing investigations.”
A Greater Manchester police spokesperson added: “The police were called shortly before 7:50 am on Sunday April 12, 2020 to report a burglary in an NHS building on Windsor Street in Salford.
“Initial investigations established that an offender – wearing gloves and a hood – escaped with a number of laptops and a small amount of petty cash from the offices inside the building.
The office is managed by the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Salford Royal Hospital (photo)
“It is believed that the offender also caused criminal damage to another nearby building.”
Police say no arrests have been made and that anyone with information should contact the police on 0161 856 2836 citing incident number 680 on 04/12/2020.
The spokesperson added: “Details can also be submitted anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”
The theft comes after Matt Hancock swore today that we will not rest until NHS personnel have received protective gear.
The statement came when the country’s main nurses union told members that they could refuse to treat patients with coronavirus if they felt they were in danger.
The Secretary of Health was under increasing pressure at the daily press conference this afternoon as he revealed that pressurized units had to wait an average of two and a half days to be resupplied with personal protective equipment (PPE) ).
Health Secretary Matt Hancock (photo) promised today that we will not rest until NHS personnel receive protective gear.
He spoke after the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) advised its members to refuse to treat coronavirus patients as a “last resort” amid claims that essentials like masks, glasses and the blouses still did not reach the front lines.
A union spokesman admitted that the suspension of treatment “would go against all instincts”, but added that “their safety must not be compromised”.
Asked about the provision of PPE and whether the government could commit to a date to deliver more PPE, Mr. Hancock said, “It is impossible because the quest is to get the right PPE to the right people on the front line at the right time several million people through the NHS and social services.
“I’m happy to say that efforts are going in the right direction, we now have record amounts of PPE that have been put into the system, but until everyone gets the PPE they need, we will not rest. “
Earlier this month, Hancock confirmed that 19 NHS workers have now lost their lives after contracting Covid-19.
Across the UK, there have so far been 84,279 cases of coronavirus, while 10,612 people have died from contracting the virus.