Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, has called for all frontline staff to be properly equipped with up to date personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes all GPs, health and social care workers, ambulance drivers and paramedics.
This is following revelations that masks to prevent contamination that were given to GPs and ambulance drivers in Glasgow were out of date, rendering them ineffective.
Jackie Baillie has also raised concerns regarding the lack of testing for these frontline workers who are presenting symptoms of the coronavirus. She has had GPs in her local area contact her, worried because they have patients with symptoms that they are unable to test because they do not yet have the ability to do so.
Additionally some staff are off because they are self-isolating, but want to return to work with the knowledge that they are safe to do so.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“All of our frontline staff are working around the clock to ensure that all patients receive the best possible standard of care. These staff are under an inordinate amount of stress. The least we can do for them is to ensure that they have the proper PPE needed to carry out their vital work.
“I am also greatly concerned by the lack of testing that is being carried out. The daily numbers that we are receiving of new positive cases will be largely inaccurate. Frontline staff, including GPs, healthcare and social care workers, must be prioritised for testing.
“The Scottish Government must act more quickly to ensure that our frontline workers and their patients, are properly protected and looked after. That will be critical in our ability to fight this pandemic.”