Westmead Hospital Cleaners Refusing To Go To Work Amid Safety Concerns

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Cleaners at Westmead Hospital are refusing to go into work today in the COVID ward, claiming they haven't been given proper PPE.

The union claims cleaners in the COVID ward have been denied access to proper protective gear, and cannot shower at the hospital before they go home.

This is sparking fears they could spread the virus outside the hospital.

Gerard Hayes from the Health Services Union says they just want to be safe.

"These cleaners are happy to go into these high risk areas, but they want head coverings and feet coverings so they're not going to potentially take the virus on themselves and take it outside. The masks they're using - they want to be fit tested which is an absolutely appropriate thing to be doing," he said.

It comes amid growing COVID fears in the health care system, after three paramedics tested positive to the virus. 

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Amber Lowther

15 July 2021

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