PPE shortcomings must be a key focus of public inquiry

Lessons must be learned about how workers were left defenceless

Commenting on a new report published today (Tuesday) by the group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice into the issues that must be covered by the public inquiry into the pandemic response, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“Thousands of frontline health and care workers were infected with Covid-19 as they went about their vital work and far too many died.

“Despite repeated calls for proper protection, many were left without the correct safety equipment that could have made all the difference.

“It’s essential the public inquiry examines every aspect of how and why they were left defenceless.

“Lessons have to be learned and people should be held to account where they’re responsible for failings and negligence.”

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.