13 April 2020

A petition has been launched by Scottish health care workers calling on the Scottish Government to provide correct protective equipment.

The petition, launched on Easter Sunday, has gathered more than 300 signatures so far, including the support of GPs, nurses and care assistants.

The petition comes days after the publication of an open letter signed by more than 100 medical professionals raising frontline concerns about PPE provision.

Scottish Labour Health Spokesperson Monica Lennon MSP, has written to the group who spearheaded the petition, Scottish Medics, to support their campaign.

According to a recent BMA survey only 2% of GPs and 13% of hospital doctors agreed that they had adequate PPE.

A spokesperson from Scottish Medics has advised the group will meet the interim Chief Medical Officer later this week, after their open letter was raised during Leaders Questions to the First Minister.

Commenting, Monica Lennon MSP said :

"Frontline health care workers are under unprecedented pressure and their basic right to protective equipment should be guaranteed.

“I commend the Scottish Medics group for their service and tenacity, however, it is unacceptable that our health care staff are having to launch petitions and organise meetings with the acting Chief Medical Officer in order to get the correct PPE.

“The petition also raises concerns for black, Asian and minority ethnic health care workers. The first 10 doctors in the UK named as having coronavirus were all BAME and early data suggests a disproportionate percentage of BAME people are getting ill.

"This is worrying and needs closer examination.

“Scottish Labour is strongly in favour of the virtual recall of the Scottish Parliament so that the Scottish Government’s pandemic plan, including PPE provision, can be robustly scrutinised.”
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