City of York Council is appealing to the Government for additional personal protective equipment (PPE), and to local businesses for any spare PPE, so it can be used by the authority’s care workers.
Although the council’s care teams currently have sufficient PPE, stocks nationally are running low, and priority is being given to NHS staff.
Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, has written to the Secretary of State, for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP.
Cllr Aspden said: “I have underlined the urgent need for the Government to deliver additional PPE equipment to the adult social care sector and to provide assurances about ongoing supplies for the weeks ahead.
“Social care is at the frontline of responding to the outbreak of Coronavirus and I know that in York, our workforce is doing an incredible job in extremely difficult circumstances. They are, of course, also doing a dangerous job, putting themselves at great risk to protect vulnerable residents and support our communities. Ensuring their safety should be paramount, alongside the safety of those that they are supporting.”