‘PPE must be made available to care home staff’ – Anderson

Full personal protective equipment (PPE) must be made available to all staff, including care home workers, on the front-line against the covid-19 pandemic, Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has said.

The Foyle MLA was commenting after receiving concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus within residential care homes.

“Some of the most vulnerable members of our society are housed in residential care homes so every possible step must be taken to shield them from this deadly virus,” Martina Anderson said.

“Equally, the dedicated staff who are working in these facilities need protection. The health trusts contract these responsibilities out to residential care homes but they cannot absolve themselves of their duty of care to staff and residents.

“A number of care home workers have already contacted my office concerned about the lack of PPE in particular.

“That isn’t good enough. All healthcare staff working on the frontline of the battle against coronavirus need to be afforded full protection. This includes staff in residential homes and I will be putting that directly to the health trusts and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority.”