Staff safety is paramount

03 June 2021


Commenting on pressures for health care workers to wear FFP3 masks, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

"The safety of staff is an absolute priority for trust leaders. They are led in this area by the expert clinical advice which informs the guidance.

"In settings such as ambulances, ventilation systems are fitted as standard to regularly change the internal air, which plays an important role in infection prevention.

"However, we know that infection prevention has been a topic of anxiety for staff in the pandemic, and it is right that those responsible for the guidance are open to concerns raised by staff.

"The most recent guidance has not changed in terms of how personal protective equipment should be used, but it does clarify some of the infection control procedures for trusts, which is helpful and welcome."

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