Council Leader issues plea to local residents over abuse of frontline workers
Councillor Philip Jackson, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, has today issued a plea to the public following a number of incidents where frontline Council and NHS staff have been abused.
Councillor Jackson said: “It’s totally unacceptable that staff who are caring for people and keeping vital services going are having to deal with abuse. A minority of people seem to think this sort of behaviour is okay. It isn’t!
“People need to follow the Government guidance to protect themselves and others.
“In one instance, a care worker was abused by the person they were caring for. From what I have been told, this was because the care worker was not wearing personal protective equipment, or PPE.
“COVID-19 is not an airborne disease so as long as care workers take the proper precautions around social-distancing, regular effective hand washing and risk assessing each interaction to determine whether any PPE is required to be worn, there will be a much reduced risk to service users.
“The NHS has a supply of PPE but it is being directed to the staff for situations where is absolutely needed. Care workers will use PPE where it is necessary and where directed by health guidelines.
“Essentially, if your care worker is not wearing PPE, it is because they do not need it for the role they are carrying out.
Councillor Jackson added: “As for other service staff – these workers are going into work day-in, day-out during difficult circumstances and deserve our admiration and respect. They are the people that are keeping our vital services going and I would like to pay tribute to them.
“To everyone else in our borough, I urge you to keep following the Government advice, and stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”