A LACK of protective equipment for medics is an ‘abomination’, says a Labour MP who has returned to the front line as an A&E doctor at her constituency hospital.
Tooting MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan spoke out after the virus killed at least five NHS staff and medics warned they are like troops being sent into battle without helmets.
The government claims it has shipped nearly half a billion items of personal protective equipment (PPE) since the start of the pandemic.
But Dr Allin-Khanm (pictured), who is working at St George’s Hospital in south London, warned that staff will continue to die.
‘I’m hearing from colleagues all around the country that, quite frankly, it is an abomination that NHS and care staff are simply not protected,’ she told Sky News.
‘When I did my shift on Saturday night I had paramedics coming in saying they’d only been given one set of PPE for an entire 12-hour shift.
‘We have already seen that we have lost a nurse and four doctors and there’ll be many more to come.’
Some clinicians have approached builders’ merchants to find masks, while medics at Southend Hospital have threatened to only provide the ‘bare minimum’ of services unless their safety can be guaranteed.
Dr Allin-Khan is a Labour deputy leadership candidate, with the result to be announced tomorrow.
But she said she was focusing on St George’s because ‘saving lives is the only thing that matters’.
She added: ‘People in the NHS and in our care service, they go to work to save lives.
‘They are out there working today to save our mothers, our fathers, our brothers, our sisters, they absolutely have to be protected.’