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Ensure all prison workers are issued protective gear during this pandemic

Submitted by Serena Lit on Thursday 26th March 2020

Published on Monday 11th May 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Wednesday 11th November 2020

Signatures: 619

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Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Government ~ NHS ~ NHS workers ~ Prison

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Ensure all prison workers are issued protective gear during this pandemic

Petition Details

Prison officers must be equipped with government-issued protective gear to ensure their safety when working in close proximity with inmates and other members of staff. This equipment is rightfully being issued to frontline NHS workers and this courtesy should now be extended to prison staff also.

Additional Information

Prison officers are first responders, often having to give CPR and other forms of contact assistance to someone having a medical emergency.

Prison officers are firefighters, often rescuing people from smoke-filled cells and communal areas, putting their own safety at risk in the process.

Prison officers perform a service that never stops. Even in a global pandemic, prisons cannot close and prison officers are continuing to go to work and fulfil this vital front-line service.

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