11 Jun 2020

Review shows rest home workers ill prepared for Covid-19

From Lately, 10:20 pm on 11 June 2020

An independent review of Covid-19 clusters in rest homes has revealed some facilities were ill-prepared and there was little comprehension of the risk posed by the virus.

Sixteen of the 22 coronavirus deaths were rest home patients.

The Ministry of Health report shows there was a shortage of personal protective equipment of PPE for staff - who also suffered considerable stress from longer working hours, isolation from their families, and sometimes threats of eviction.

Karyn speaks with Sam Jones, the E Tu Union organiser for 16-thousand workers in the health sector including rest home workers.

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