Extra safety measures are the right approach but still more can be done, says UNISON

Public must play their part to ease pressure on NHS

Responding to the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government’s ‘Plan B’ Covid measures are to be introduced in England in the coming days, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“It’s the right thing to introduce extra measures. Everyone should be doing what they can to stop the spread of Covid, particularly with the uncertainty around the Omicron variant.

“The NHS is already feeling the strain so helping to reduce infections is vital to ease the impact on overworked health staff and treatment backlogs.

“Many people may be tired of restrictions, but they must remember huge numbers of key workers – keeping the public safe and running essential services – will have no choice but to go to their workplaces.

“If the virus is to be tackled properly, much more needs to be done in schools where infection rates are high. That includes air filtration and mask-wearing in all areas of secondary schools.

“Other measures such as proper sick pay across the care sector would make a significant difference.”

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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