Rapid responses in the BMJ – Dr John Puntis

Staff should not need to fight for adequate work protection through legal challenges, but to many I suspect this will feel like the right move and one born out of desperation.

Professor Agius makes a very important point that is highly relevant to the issues of both identifying those who have died from contracting Covid-19 in the course of their work and exploring contributory factors. Coroners’ inquests would be one way of honouring the dead and protecting the living…As Professor Agius points out, doctors have an obligation to report deaths to the coroner where occupational exposure to a pathogen may have been a factor. Trade unions have repeatedly warned that their members do not feel safe at work because of a lack of PPE”

Repurposing industry to increase mask production together with provision of efficient arrangements for fit testing remains an urgent priority as part of the still failing effort to provide adequate PPE for staff https://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1435/rr-11

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