Why are so many Filipino health workers dying of Covid19? – BBC Newsnight

published on July 20, 2020

The net crews Mellie gene Ballesteros Cheryl Williams Oscar King jr Francis Fernando is reading out the names of his fallen colleagues at least 25 NHS and health care workers around one in five of those who've died of kovat 19 have been Filipino it touched my heart really

Because they are my colleagues who came here to the UK to better their lives and now that they have died we have to remember them those who have lost their lives caring for others have been described as heroes but perhaps they

Didn't have to be perhaps their deaths could have been avoided deaths that have overwhelmingly and disproportionately hit be Emmie staff as an officer of the Filipino nurses UK Association Francis has been hearing concerns from frontline

Workers for weeks now do people actively get in touch with you and tell you that they don't have adequate PPE yes they do mostly Filipinos I not only through me but through my colleagues in the Association and they all say the same

Thing so if you don't ask for this proper who standard PPE is you won't get them and sometimes you're at the back of the queue for some reason in terms of PPE allocation could you just explain or describe some of the stories that you've

Had so three of my colleagues contacted my colleague who were working for a central NHS trust who used some bin bags to cover themselves because they were not provided with adequate PPEs and they have contracted copy 19

Unfortunately but they're unwell to recovery so this is not an isolated case it happens throughout the NHS and throughout the UK unfortunately it's been hard to find Filipino health care workers who go on the record about their

Experience but one frontline worker agreed to talk to us anonymously she's pregnant and worried that the work that she's been asked to do puts her and her baby in danger it does worry me a lot at night when I get home cuz if a

Patient is like asymptomatic and then she suddenly costs you don't know if it's why she's coughing maybe it's because of her disease or she's just having an allergy or she already have schoo bit I haven't said I don't want to

Work in the ward because we Filipinos don't really complain when I was on my way to work the other day I feel like I just want to cry because we have to work it's hard sorry you wanna think that they have support but there's really no

Support from them well that was clearly a very emotional interview she was sobbing at times she was obviously very upset but I think what came across most was just how powerless she feels to actually raise her concerns compared to

Perhaps other members of staff who were born and brought up here I think Filipino health care workers are being taken advantage of by their managers and by their employers they are afraid that if they say something even

If they wanted to with any with our support they're not able to because they're afraid that they'll be reprimanded and their visas won't be renewed do you worry about your work permit situation yeah it's really hard

For us to say no so if someone if your manager told you that you're happy to do this you wouldn't say no even though deep inside you it's not something you something you want to do the Royal College of Obstetricians and

Gynaecologists say that it should be pregnant health care workers choice to work in patient facing roles yesterday the government announced that BMI healthcare workers would now be risk assess but the man who helped draft up

The current Equality guidance in the NHS believes that's too late the real tragedy of this is that health care staff and Social Care staff have died unnecessarily who did not need to die if the guidance that's now coming

Out today had been put out when it should have been six weeks ago I don't think there's any doubt that a large numbers of people who died might not have died the way in which the discrimination in the NHS happens

Including I think some of the discrimination that's currently happening is sometimes it's intentional much of the time it's not intentional it's the cumulative effect of a whole range of small decisions which really

Constitute institutional discrimination Albert Rico Leilani they reached BMI health care workers on the front line have taken the brunt of this virus there's a real question now as to whether the government did enough to

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