CORONAVIRUS HUB: Covid-19 Campaigns and latest news

Here you'll find all our coverage, positions and demands around the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

We are demanding that the government put safety first, eliminate health profiteering in this moment of crisis, and give our health workers the support they need to tackle the pandemic.

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SUPPORT OUR FRONTLINE STAFF

Keep Our NHS Public fully supports the #ClapforCarers and #ClapforNHS initiative, which is now happening regularly every Thursday evening at 8pm, as it gives us an opportunity to show mass support and solidarity for our essential frontline workers at this time. However, we also believe that frontline staff need much much more than a clap. So we're asking people to clap and cheer for the NHS on Thursday evenings from their doorsteps, windows and balconies but also to print out our poster, put it in your window or hold it when you cheer for the NHS.

And while you do, please show support by also chanting,

TEST! TEST! TEST!
PPE!
KEEP KEY WORKERS VIRUS FREE!

DOWNLOAD OUR POSTER HERE

SIGN THE PETITION:

We are petitioning the government to get its act together, support our health workers, take over private-sector capacity to respond to the crisis, and suspend the dangerous, ideologically-driven health policies that are undermining the fight against Coronavirus.

We're calling on the UK Government and devolved governments to urgently take the following measures to protect NHS workers and the general public:

    1. Covid-19 testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) must be available for all NHS and social care staff now
    2. Those relying on social care (or ‘Direct Payments’) must be given immediate support if carers go sick 
    3. NHS support staff (including those outsourced) must receive at least living wage, paid sick leave for illness or self-isolation and an increase in statutory sick pay 
    4. Bring private health resources into public service without compensation to fight COVID-19 and aid NHS response 
    5. Make all information that the Government is basing its strategy on wholly available for public scrutiny
    6. An immediate end to legislation enforcing eligibility checks and charging in the NHS, including those related to residency status or national origin, allowing all patients to use the NHS without fear

Please sign and share as widely as you can!

STAY SAFE

Check out this helpful safety video made by the group, Purpose, and voiced by NHS Staff Voices member a part of the Keep Our NHS Public family

We all have a primary responsibility to keep ourselves safe during this pandemic. This is a very dangerous virus which will likely claim many lives across the UK. Older people – particularly those above 65 – are at far greater risk than younger people. Also at elevated risk are people with certain pre-existing health conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, suppressed immune systems or respiratory conditions such as asthma).

As the NHS is likely to be overwhelmed in the next few weeks, the best thing we can all do, both for our own welfare, for general health, and to help health workers meet the crisis, is to personally avoid contracting Coronavirus as far as possible:

  • The best thing to do to avoid getting Coronavirus is "social distancing" – avoiding non-essential contact with other people. In practice this means staying in your home and going out as infrequently as possible.
  • If you do go out, you can reduce your chances of infection by avoiding touching surfaces that are touched by many other people, such as public transport handrails.
  • If you rely on social care or regular help from other people, it's advisable discuss this with those involved as soon as possible to get clarity on how things will run for the next few weeks and months.
  • Wash your hands! It's wise to do this several times per day, including before leaving the house and after coming back. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, with soap or a sanitising hand gel.

The World Health Organization website provides a simple and informative Q&A page on Coronavirus – click here to view it.

Further documents giving advice for doctors and medical practitioners can be found here and here. A document for medical practitioners giving insights into NHS planning can be found here.

To view more of our output on Coronavirus, see our News section, or for press releases and our appearances in the media around this issue, see our Press page.