NHS nurse heartbroken after daughter, 8, begs her not to work during coronavirus pandemic as ‘I don’t want you to die’ – The Sun
Kate Tilford, 44, revealed how her terrified daughter, eight, begged her not to go to work over protective kit shortages.
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Ms Tilford, who works in A&E in Essex, blasted the government over the critical lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and said she was forced to lie about her safety.
She said: “I put her to bed and she was crying her eyes out, saying ‘mummy I need you – I don’t want you to die’.
“I’m having to lie to her, telling her not to worry and that I’m protected.
“But I know it’s not true. I’m not well protected and I am at risk.
“I’m so angry that the government has placed me in the position where I’m lying to my own daughter.”
More than 40 frontline healthcare workers have died from Covid-19 amid fears a lack of PPE is leaving them exposed.
I’m having to lie to her, telling her not to worry and that I’m protected.
But I know it’s not true. I’m not well protected and I am at risk.
Under revised Public Health England guidance, frontline staff have been told to wear plastic aprons if full-length waterproof gowns run out.
Ms Tilford, who has worked in the NHS for 25 years, said she has to use a "plastic pinny" and a "basic surgical mask" when treating casualty patients.
She said: “I go to work because I want to help people. I just want to do the best I can while I’m protected at the best level. How is that too much to ask?
"This is not about politics, this is about lives. The death toll of doctors and nurses is rising every day.
"There are massive numbers of NHS staff who are being put at risk because they don’t have access to protective equipment.
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"The government has mismanaged this from beginning to end and put health workers at risk."
The Department of Health said it was working “round the clock” to address PPE shortages in hospitals and social care settings.
A spokesman said: “New clinical advice has been issued to make sure that if there are shortages in one area, frontline staff know what PPE to wear instead to minimise risk.
“This has been reviewed by the Health and Safety Executive, and is in line with WHO and CDC guidance on PPE use in exceptional circumstances.
“There is a 24 hour NHS-run helpline where NHS and social care workers can call to report shortages in supply and it is crucial the relevant guidance for protective equipment is followed closely.”
The news comes as a radiographer and nursing assistant have become the latest NHS staff to die from the coronavirus.
Simon Guest, described as a “true gentleman” and Ruben Munoz, who a colleague called a star, are among the 80 health workers to have died of Covid-19.
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