Coronavirus cases have been rising fast again in the last few weeks. Tinig UK wants to help prevent a second wave of potentially avoidable deaths among Filipino healthcare workers and all those on the frontlines by asking – what changes have been made?
Filipinos, we need your help to make this happen. We need you to tell us what has been happening in your wards and in your units, whether you work in hospitals or in care homes. You can send us a message via our Contact Us page, tweet us with a private direct message or get in touch through Facebook. All messages will be treated as confidential and will be verified.
As of yesterday, 16,171 new cases have been recorded by the government. The latest government statistics show that 43,579 have now died of Covid-19 – the fifth highest figure in the world.
What has changed since the death of 57 Filipino healthcare workers at the height of the coronavirus pandemic early this year? The reasons for their deaths are still unknown.
Colleagues and family believe that they were not provided enough PPEs, that they were vulnerable but were assigned to Covid-19 wards, that they were overworked but could not say no to their managers, among other reasons.
Tinig UK will be asking nurses, carers, hospital managers, healthcare assistants, and everyone working in the healthcare sector: What has changed since the start of the pandemic when a disproportionate number of Filipinos have died because of coronavirus-related reasons?
- Are Filipino staff still disproportionately being assigned to intensive therapy units (ITU) when there are high number of Covid-19 cases?
- Are BAME staff now more able to speak up?
- Are they now being being risk assessed by their managers?
- What policies are now in place both in private and public health and care facilities to support BAME staff?