COVID-19 deaths amongst NHS staff ‘to be kept secret’

The news has sparked criticism that the Government is trying to “cover up” deaths. The deaths of NHS staff from […]

Ian Snug
16 August 2020
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The news has sparked criticism that the Government is trying to “cover up” deaths.

The deaths of NHS staff from COVID-19 are to be kept secret, according to reports.

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According to a report by the Independent, the Department of Health and Social Care (DCHC) has confirmed that the deaths of NHS staff from COVID-19 will be kept a secret so that trusts can “learn and improve protection for staff”.

It comes after the newspaper revealed that over 600 health and social care worker deaths are now believed to be linked to COVID-19 – a stark contrast to the 247 deaths that have been reported publicly.

Concerns have been raised by health and care staff throughout the pandemic that a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) may have contributed to some of the deaths.

A cover up.

The news has sparked criticism that the Government is trying to “cover up” deaths.

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Sir Ed Davey, acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “We currently have one of the highest number of deaths of health and care workers in Europe. The government has utterly failed to protect staff in both hospitals and care homes. The fact that now they are trying to cover up how and why each tragic death occurs is a disgrace.

“This is yet more reason for an immediate independent inquiry into the coronavirus crisis.”

A recent study suggested that some health and social care workers are up to five times more likely than the general population to die of COVID-19. 

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care told the Independent that staff safety was “paramount”.

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Adding: “Employers already have a legal duty to report to the Health and Safety Executive the deaths of staff who die as a result of exposure to coronavirus from their work. Medical examiners will not decide which deaths are reported to HSE, but will help ensure none are missed.”

Public inquiry.

Anthony Johnson, Lead Organiser for the grass-roots group Nurses United UK had echoed calls for a public inquiry.

“We’ve all seen the health and safety guidelines be changed on COVID-19 to reduce the amount and type of PPE that’s available. We had a stockpile that was 10 years out of date.

“We’ve had no public scrutiny of the deaths rates of staff which we are world leaders in – this Government does not care about or value NHS staff’s lives.

“There will and should be a public inquiry and every single member of this Government should beg their local NHS staff for forgiveness and never wear an NHS pin again. As Nurses United, we will make sure that there is justice and we will build power because that’s how we stop this.”

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