Failure to social distance ‘insulting to health and care staff’, says UNISON

Dave Prentis in public appeal on relieving virus burden

Responding to reports that some tourist attractions at the weekend were busier than on a bank holiday, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Don’t be foolish and think social distancing applies to someone else, not to you and your family. It’s insulting to brave healthcare staff on the front line.

“NHS and care employees are putting their lives in danger every day at work. This is so we can all stay safe at home with our loved ones.

“But selfish people taking risks are adding to the immense burden on hospitals. We’ve all seen the horrendous situation in Italy with intensive care units overwhelmed.

“Going out increases your chances of catching this deadly virus and infecting others. Do what’s right – stay away from other people. It’s the greatest tribute you can pay health and care staff through this crisis.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

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