Workers Call on Public to Demand Government Provide Personal Protective Equipment

In a press release dated April 16, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia is calling on the public to demand that provincial government provide frontline health care workers all the personal protective equipment they require.

The press release reads:

"Health care workers are here for all of us, doing everything possible to keep Nova Scotians safe. They're on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, working around the clock to stop its spread and to care for those who are infected. But there's still no protocol for workers to get the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They need your help to make this happen.

"They need you to tell the Nova Scotia government to make sure our frontline health care workers have the appropriate PPE so they can do their jobs safely."

With the press release comes an email message that people can send to the government.

The message reads:

"Our health care workers always put patients first. And during the COVID-19 pandemic, these workers are on the frontlines, working around the clock to stop its spread.

"Every hour, they are keeping people safe and saving lives. But too many frontline health care workers are working without the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need to protect us all. They are being sent to the frontlines of this pandemic without the right tools to stay safe and keep all Nova Scotians safe, too.

"Protecting health care workers protects us all. And it's time for the Nova Scotia government to step up.

"Government must provide better access to PPE for all health care workers, and trust these professionals to use their judgement in assessing the level of protection required to keep themselves and their patients safe. Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick have all reached agreements with their health care workers, and it's time for Nova Scotia to follow their lead.

"The government must follow the precautionary principle, established in the aftermath of the SARS epidemic. It states that where there is scientific uncertainty about the possible causes of transmission, we must err on the side of caution. That's why we must ensure health care workers are afforded fit-tested N95 respirator masks when interacting with possible or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

"Nova Scotians are all in this together, united. Each of us is doing our part to help flatten the curve. But when our health care workers get sick, they can't take care of patients, residents and clients, and that puts all of us at greater risk.

"As a member of the provincial legislature, I urge you to act immediately to protect our nurses and frontline health care workers. All health care workers must have the PPE they need to do their job safely."

To sign the message, click here

This article was published in

Number 25 - April 24, 2020

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Workers Call on Public to Demand Government Provide Personal Protective Equipment


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