Commenting on the additional lockdown measures for England announced by the Prime Minister today (Monday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“The new restrictions are tough, but the virus has to be beaten. Otherwise, the NHS could be overwhelmed, with terrible consequences for those needing care.
“While most of us will now be safe at home, key staff in hospitals, schools, care homes and other essential services will keep doing their jobs, despite the risks. Many are exhausted, covering for colleagues off sick with Covid.
“Without a doubt, the government should have acted sooner. But now the new rules are here, we must all do our bit.
“The next few months will be grim, but the vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel.”
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 the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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