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People like me don’t have PPE, wrote tragic worker

‘Gentle giant’: Peter Gough died from virus earlier this month PICTURE: SWNS

A HOSPITAL worker who died of Covid-19 had told of his fears about a lack of personal protective equipment for non-medical staff.

Peter Gough, an administration assistant at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, exchanged messages with a friend about his PPE concerns.

He warned in a text: ‘No PPE for admin staff. Not even sanitiser gel. Most of secretaries and management now working from home. But most of us admin staff are needed in hospitals to do physical jobs.’

Mr Gough, 56, from Kidlington, added: ‘No PPE unless on Covid wards.’

The married father-of-one also shared a news article about two porters dying at his hospital and wrote: ‘Porters like me and other admin staff do not have PPE.’

Paul Saville, 53, from Maidstone, Kent, said he exchanged texts with his long-time pal, who he described as a ‘gentle giant’, on April 7. Mr Gough died on May 12.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it had ‘followed national guidelines on appropriate levels of PPE’ which had been ‘available to the staff whose contact with patients mean that they require it’.

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