Union Update 2021 #8 PPE

Thursday 04 Feb 2021

Public Health Workers: PPE

Despite the significant stockpile of masks in WA, there have been some distribution and access problems in parts of WA Health. Caught by this week’s lockdown requirements for immediate mask-wearing, some workers have not had the clear access to masks needed to comply with the directions the State Emergency Co-Ordinator and their employers.

In some areas, masks are being provided by staff themselves or masks are being rationed. We are supporting members to fix this as soon as possible and reporting experiences directly to the government. While we are pushing for this to be resolved quickly, it is disappointing given the opportunity to prepare.

We have written to the Director-General of Health and been in direct contact with the Health Minister’s office. See our letter here.

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