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‘Make sure frontline workers have the protection they need’

Frontline staff must be properly equipped to protect lives during the COVID-19 crisis, says UNISON, after proposals on ‘last-resort’ safety equipment were leaked.

General secretary Dave Prentis said the proposals from Public Health England contain “desperate measures” and “are a shocking indictment of the lack of proper planning and preparation for supplies in the pandemic.

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Interview with Dave Prentis: ‘I'm so proud’

“Our contribution to overcoming the crisis is to protect the people who are protecting us. We’re there for them. We know it’s not business as usual. We’re doing the best that we can, because our members deserve our protection.

“I’m simply in awe of the bravery and caring ethos our members are showing during this crisis. It’s not just in hospitals, it’s in care, it’s in schools, it’s social workers, it’s police support staff, it’s public service workers across the whole of the frontline.”
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On the care frontline

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Slimmed down electronic CASE form

Streamlined form introduced to deal with current coronavirus and COVID-19 situation.
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Apr 17, 2020