The unsung heroes of Covid-19: Public Sector Workers

An ambulance under a sign that says "Main Entrance" at a Hospital"It's hard to try and support all of your patients when you don't have the staff or the supplies," says NHS worker Ryan Day.

Public sector workers are struggling to adapt during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Teachers, NHS workers and the police are more important than ever, as they are still at work during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The government has partially shut schools, but they remain open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are essential workers.

Councillor Barry Anderson from Leeds City Council said: “I am concerned that if schools close some parents would have to give up working, and some of these people could be in jobs that are essential.”

Teacher’s roles have been expanded since the outbreak, as they are being expected to cover the jobs of those in self-isolation.

Stella Robinson, a teaching assistant at a primary school in Morley said: “I feel like teachers a lot of the time are overlooked.

“There’s not enough give from the government and community in appreciating the effort we put in, as teachers are still trying to ensure that children are learning even if they’re not in school.”

There are currently 5,683 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK, with the government claiming to have identified 1.5 million at risk people.

Workers explain how they feel about the government’s new conditions to keep the public safe from Covid-19.

Other public sector workers are also under a lot of pressure, as NHS workers have fewer staff and supplies than usual.

Ryan Day, a radiographer said: “We have to change our uniform into scrubs and wear personal protective equipment (PPE), but there is a lack of PPE in the NHS.

“We’re having to reuse it to protect ourselves, which isn’t the most ideal situation.”

A recent letter to the prime minister had over 6,200 signatures as NHS staff have asked for more protective equipment.

The letter was organised by Dr Rinesh Parmar, the chair of the Doctors’ Association, and is to urge the government to improve the conditions front line staff are asked to work in.

“I don’t feel very safe at work, the idea that I’m not being properly equipped to stop myself from being infected isn’t something I should have to deal with at work,” says Day.

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