More than 300 Healthcare and Social Care Worker Deaths Linked to Covid-19
Friday, 22nd May 2020
The deaths of more than 300 UK health and social care workers have been linked to the Covid-19 virus the Prime Minster Boris Johnson has announced this week – an increase of 37 NHS staff in the past seven days.
Speaking at prime minister’s questions, Mr Johnson told MPs those that have died include 181 NHS staff and 131 social care workers, adding: “I know the thoughts of the whole House are with their families and friends.’’
Those staff whose lives have been taken include nurses, care assistants, doctors, OTs and ambulance personnel and all parts of the UK have been affected. Staff had been working in hospitals, in care homes and in the community. Issues such as limited PPE, particularly at the outset of the pandemic, have been cited as probable causes for such a high number of fatalities. Also, many staff have come out of retirement to help struggling health care and social care services to cope. Older staff and those with underlying health concerns are recognised to have been at greater risk of succumbing to the virus.