I'm supporting care workers to stop the spread of COVID-19 Yasmin Qureshi, MP for Bolton South East
For several years, I cared for my elderly mother at home, with assistance from wonderful carers who came into our home each day. They were always there to help and reassure us and I couldn’t have managed without their support.
Now, under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, care workers are putting themselves at risk every single day to provide care and support to thousands of people with healthcare needs. In order to do this, they need proper resources, equipment, training and support, but the Government has yet to fully address their needs.
This is why I am supporting Unison’s campaign to support care workers.
Unison is calling on employers, local councils and other commissioners of social care to:
- Protect Their Health – Priority testing for care workers to limit the spread of disease to vulnerable patients and service users. Guarantee all essential training and personal protection equipment (PPE) to all frontline workers (e.g. goggles, masks, hand sanitisers, thermometers) in line with Public Health England guidance.
- Protect Their Pay – Full normal pay for all those required by government guidance to self-isolate or who become ill because of COVID-19, in order to prevent unnecessary spread of infection. This includes all staff on zero-hour contracts, bank/relief contracts or multiple contracts.
- Protect Their Employment – Ensure no-one is dismissed or laid-off for staying at home to care for themselves or their family. Absence due to COVID-19 should be excluded from absence management triggers.
- Protect Their Families – Carers leave on full-pay for workers caring for a dependent who has COVID-19 or for whom childcare is unavailable.
Please support Unison by signing their petition here: https://action.unison.org.uk/page/58242/petition/1
You can download the their pledge and share on social media to show your support. Tag @CareVsCov19 on twitter and Care Workers vs COVID-19 on Facebook.