Front line staff at NHS TERRIFIÉ requested protective gear last night – while eight other health workers died from Covid 19.
Nurses Sara Trollope, 51, Julie Omar, 52, and Gareth Roberts, 63, were among the latest victims.
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The same was true for Elsie Sazuze, 44, and the doorman of the Philippine Hospital Oscar King Jr.
Yesterday – as the daily toll of 737 brings the total number of British deaths to 10,612 – an expert warned that Britain was on the verge of being the most affected in Europe.
The Royal College of Nursing union told members that they have the right to refuse to work if they do not feel safe. And the nurses who lost a colleague wrote to hospital bosses asking for better protection.
Their two-page document, seen by The Sun, details fear at Watford General Hospital since John Alagos, 23, died at home after a grueling 12-hour shift.
The letter adds: “The loss of our dear colleague John Alagos has put us in an inconsolable state.
The cause of his death is still unknown and it worries us all to work more in the room with these minimal PPE. “
ONGOING TO BE THE WORST IN EUROPE
A nurse, who did not want to be named, said she had to reuse an apron and a plastic mask.
The doctor said, “John was not wearing an appropriate mask – none of us have been, even since his death.
“Two days ago, they even stopped giving us the full dresses that we used to receive.
“All we have now is a plastic apron that covers our neck to our knees. And we have a mask but it’s not enough.
It does not protect us properly. We should have an appropriate mask that covers our nose to the chin, but that is not the case.
“It is as if no lessons have been learned, even though we have lost John to this disease. I am very worried. We are all.
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“We are afraid of getting it and suffering or passing it on to our families. “
Asked about the claims, chief nurse Tracey Carter insisted that new guidelines meant that dresses were only needed to work in high-risk areas.
She continued, “I can assure staff that the personal protective equipment guidelines that we have put in place in our confidence meet national guidelines and, in some places, exceed the level of protection required.”
A survey for the Royal College of Surgeons of England found large regional differences in PPE – with half of those in the Thames Valley saying they had had enough but only a third of those in the North West safe.
In correspondence with The Sunday Telegraph, the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey warned Thursday that it only had enough disposable long-sleeved gowns to last three days.
The Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust has warned of “very limited supply”, despite “everything it can to secure other stocks”.
We are afraid of getting it and suffering or passing it on to our families
And NHS providers warned that the national situation was “day to day”. Doctors also talked about supply issues with three key drugs.
A consultant said his hospital only contained five days of propofol, a sedative given to people on ventilation, while the supply also dried up fentanyl, a pain reliever, and norepinephrine, which stimulates circulation.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock did not apologize for the PPE and denied that the government had been slow to stock the essential kits.
He insisted, “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. “
He said it was impossible to set a date by which all front-line workers would get what they needed.
And he added, “It’s impossible because the quest is to get the right PPE to the right people on the front line at the right time with millions of people across the NHS and social services.
“I’m happy to say that the effort is going in the right direction. Hancock hailed “the huge effort” of those who are currently trying to source dresses.
He said, “Often they are not thanked, the procurement experts, because they are not on the front line.
“But, by God, do we need it to make sure we can get all this PPE.” Hancock also pledged to investigate the exact cause of death for every NHS worker.
He added: “We are examining every circumstance to understand as much as possible how they got the virus – whether at work, outside of work, and making sure to learn as much as possible.
“The admiration for those who put themselves in danger is incredibly high.
“They are incredible and so it is up to us of course to make sure that we get to the bottom of each individual case. Of the total number of deaths in the UK, he said yesterday that “the day was dark”.
“Flattening the curve”
He continued, “The fact that over 10,000 people have lost their lives because of this invisible killer shows how serious this coronavirus is and why the national effort in which everyone is engaged is so important.
“Their grief is our grief and their stories will not be forgotten. “
Meanwhile, Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group, admitted that the death rate in the UK could exceed that of Italy and Spain.
He said: “The UK is probably one of the worst, if not the worst, of the European countries affected.” Last night, the death toll in Italy was 19,899 due to 156,363 infections.
Hancock said, “I think this kind of comment only reinforces the importance of the central message that people have to stay at home because it protects the NHS and saves lives.
“The future of this virus is still unknown as it depends on the behavior of millions of people and the British general public.
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