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NHS protective equipment crisis deepens, and workers pay the price

18 April 2020
Half of nursing staff have felt pressure to work without appropriate protective equipment during the coronavirus crisis, according to a survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

Letters: ‘Radical’ left in Spain failed the test of coronavirus

17 April 2020
I was angry to see the Spanish state relax its coronavirus lockdown last week and workers in manufacturing and construction being told to return to work.

Health workers protest for protective equipment

16 April 2020
Health workers and their supporters took part in a day of symbolic action to demand “health before profit” on Thursday.

Trade unionists in north London demand protection for bus drivers

16 April 2020
Trade unionists gathered near Holloway bus garage in Islington, north London, on Thursday to demand protective clothing for all drivers.

Public health document is ‘an insult to the lives of frontline workers’

15 April 2020
Health workers could be forced to reuse protective clothing as a “last resort”, according to a document from Public Health England.

NHS workers call day of action

14 April 2020
 Health workers are organising a day of action after Tory minister Matt Hancock sparked outrage for telling them to not to overuse protective kit.

Tories’ lies mean thousands die of virus

14 April 2020
Tory lies over the coronavirus crisis mean many more people will die. And we are not all in it together—poor, black and vulnerable people will be the hardest hit.

Coronavirus death toll is far higher than Tories announced

14 April 2020
Hundreds of people have already died in care homes, yet they are not being counted towards national daily totals. 

Tory adviser says there is nothing to do but work during coronavirus crisis

13 April 2020
Workers can’t “hide” from the coronavirus forever, a government adviser has said. Rupert Shute is the deputy scientific adviser at the Home Office.

Four work stoppages by postal workers over coronavirus safety fears

12 April 2020
Union rep says 'If people don’t feel safe they should remove themselves from the building"

Privatised care services are putting people at risk

12 April 2020
Vulnerable people in social care are left at a heightened risk of coronavirus because of the failures of local government bosses, private care providers and national government

Half a million people with serious conditions left off 'extremely vulnerable' list

12 April 2020
The government list of “extremely vulnerable people” who need maximum protection and extra support during the coronavirus crisis has missed off over half a million people.

Letters: Say no to the sick idea of the ‘survival of the fittest’

11 April 2020
A new scandal over Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders has revived previously unthinkable eugenic notions about the “survival of the fittest”. 

Racism, not genetics, explains why Covid-19 hits black and Asian people harder

10 April 2020
The front page of Socialist Worker last week featured faces of some of the many workers in Britain who have died from coronavirus. Of the eight people pictured, six were black or Asian.

Thousands of older people and workers at risk of virus in care homes

09 April 2020
Care workers are speaking out after pressure mounts on them to deliver critical frontline services amid high levels of staff sickness, unsafe conditions and resident deaths. 

Health workers protest against poor response to virus in Greece

08 April 2020
 Health workers in Greece protested at 28 hospitals around the country on Tuesday, against their right wing government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

‘We are made to feel our job isn’t valuable’ - care staff speak out

07 April 2020
Coronavirus puts hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in adult social care services at risk. 

More health workers die due to lack of protective equipment

07 April 2020
Health workers are dying of coronavirus because of the Tories’ failure to provide proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). 

Bosses ‘shout down’ safety concerns

06 April 2020
Distribution workers at a Marks and Spencer warehouse in Swindon have staged three walkouts over health and safety.

Abortion law changes do not go far enough

31 March 2020
Rules relaxing access to abortion aren’t enough to protect women in the pandemic.

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