Government failings over protective kit meant lives were lost

Care workers were forced make their own safety kit, buy it themselves or go without

Getting help with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

UNISON knows that some staff groups may have less employee voice within an organisation. This means they may not feel able to raise concerns with their employer about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Shockingly poor government planning left health and care staff vulnerable to the virus

Ministers reacted too slowly when buying protective kit

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Politics can’t interfere in the approval of PPE, warns UNISON

Political pressure to approve substandard PPE does not bode well for HSE independence once the UK finally leaves the safety of the EU, says the union

Health and care staff need reassurance about next stage of the pandemic, says UNISON

UK PPE production will guarantee supplies and cut shipping

Care home company under investigation following multiple COVID deaths, says UNISON

UNISON reports Horizon Care to the Care Quality Commission after residents die in Sheffield

Care home deaths expose social care system ‘unfit for purpose’, says UNISON

Christina McAnea says complete overhaul needed so no one is left unprotected again

Health unions publish blueprint for the safe opening up of the NHS

UNISON and other health unions say NHS must continue to operate a safety-first approach

Care home death rates show continued need for PPE and testing, says UNISON

Risk of infection must be reduced for care workers

Country craves clarity and a safe return to work, says UNISON

Government is making people bewildered, not reassured

Government must explain how school staff and pupils will be kept safe 

Ministers need to work with unions to create safe schools

Needless care home deaths can be prevented if staff get safety kit, says UNISON

Christina McAnea says it’s not too late to save lives

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Elderly and vulnerable people still at risk from poor advice from some care homes, says UNISON

Clear guidance must be rigorously applied

COVID-19: Black and female workers on the frontline

Inequalities emerging through the pandemic are chilling evidence to support UNISON’s demands on workplace rights and decent public services.  We need them now

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UNISON welcomes move to pause VAT on PPE

Union had urged the government to cut VAT weeks ago, as care homes struggle to fund and access protective equipment for staff