Protests continue over missing PPE for frontline healthcare workers

They plan to challenge the government over the levels of protection afforded to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

James McKay
29 May 2020
Doctors, Not Martyrs

They have accused the Government of failing to protect staff.

Frontline doctors demonstrated silently outside Downing Street yesterday calling for adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for front-line healthcare workers.

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As a pregnant doctor, Viz claims she was not given appropriate PPE – putting herself and her unborn child at risk.

Since then, they have launched a legal fundraiser to challenge the government on the levels of protection afforded to the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis, raising upwards of £45,000.

The protest took place at the same time as the weekly “Clap for Carers” to highlight that while many are celebrating essential workers others are failing to supply the equipment required to protect themselves.

In a joint statement, Dr Meenal Viz and Dr Nishant Joshi, said; “While our ministers are bickering, we’ve been in the frontline watching our colleagues die. Our politicians have shown us that they are out of touch.”

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“There is a human cost to this systemic negligence. The government talks about numbers in a blase way, and we are seeing the effects of suffering.”

“As doctors, we have appreciated the support during #ClapForCarers. But instead of clapping, we observed silence in remembrance of our 237 colleagues who have died during the pandemic.”

Anthony Johnson, a health visitor and activist for Nurses United UK added; “It’s still the case that frontline staff are having to speak out about the lack of PPE.

“Apparently, it’s not just when it comes to Dominic Cummings that this Government won’t listen? If we can’t keep staff safe, when they’re fighting a virus to keep us safe, what are we doing?”

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