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Hospital suspends NHS worker for refusing to work on coronavirus ward without proper PPE

A medical student says her shifts have been cancelled after refusing to work in an area for confirmed coronavirus patients without a gown, visor and respiratory mask. A suspended healthcare assistant (HCA) claims several NHS staff at Eastbourne District General Hospital became involved in a standoff with the on-duty sister over a lack of adequate PPE on Tuesday, April 14. She says seven workers stood in the corridor and refused to go into the Covid-19 bay because they did not feel safe with only aprons and standard surgical masks. She says she was ‘flabbergasted and appalled’ when she was asked ‘why are you fighting?’ for raising guidelines saying staff can refuse to work if they have not been given adequate equipment. After one of the nurses fell ill and was sent home with a temperature of 38.9C, the HCA says she went to see the site matron who gave her the equipment they needed. The following day the agency worker received an email from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and told she had been ‘restricted’ from working for ‘refusing to wear PPE in line with national guidance’. She told the Metro newspaper: ‘I just thought it was very irresponsible working as someone in a managerial position to put me in that position where I might have contracted it and it could be detrimental to my health and I could pass it onto someone else.

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seven workers stood in the corridor and refused to go into the Covid-19 bay because they did not feel safe with only aprons and standard surgical masks.

 

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UK test patients offered ‘up to’ £625 to take part in coronavirus vaccine trials

Britons are being urged to take part in a trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine and could be paid up to £625 for their time. Imperial College London and University Hospital Southampton has asked people to take part in some of the first human tests to discover whether a potential inoculation is effective in tackling the deadly disease. Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that one Covid-19 vaccine developed at the University of Oxford will be trialled on humans in the UK from tomorrow. Imperial said tests for its separate vaccine will take place in the weeks ahead and anyone who is healthy and aged between 18 and 55 can take part at Imperial College London, University Hospital Southampton or Bristol Children’s Vaccine Centre.

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Britons are being urged to take part in a trial for a potential coronavirus vaccine and could be paid up to £625 for their time.

 

Ken Uwotu

Senior Care Consultant