Many workers were left confused following Boris Johnson's statement on Sunday night ordering a return to work for some with only 12 hours notice and no official guidance on how they could do so safely.
What the nation was looking for from the Prime Minister was clarity and consensus. The truth is that his statement raised more questions than it answered.
When the guidance was finally released, it was welcome to see the adoption of some of the measures called for by the TUC and Labour, but it still fell short of providing a clear plan for a safe return to work outside the home.
For instance, there is no obligation for employers with fewer than 50 employees to publish risk assessments, which is a missed opportunity to make sure they can be scrutinised.
The government has said that the Health and Safety Executive will be enforcing the new guidelines, however, after a decade of budget cuts, it does not have the resources to inspect workplaces - staffing numbers are down by more than 1,200 and funding has been cut by £100m since 2010. Without sufficient funding and resources, laws protecting workers and public health cannot be enforced.
Last week, I launched a survey asking for your thoughts on lockdown, how it has affected you and your family, and whether you supported a loosening of restrictions. Nearly 300 people have filled out my survey, and the results so far show that over 65% of respondents do not support a loosening of restrictions at present, over 60% do not feel confident that they could return to work safely, and over 32% are reliant on public transport to get to work.
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My letter of thanks to the community pharmacies in my constituency who, despite a steep increase in demand for essential medicines, have continued to ensure that the needs of the community are met during this crisis.
The government has been too slow in protecting people in care homes, too slow on testing and too slow on protective equipment.
The care homes I’ve spoken to in my constituency tell me that they feel pressured to receive discharged patients from hospital who are known to be Covid-19 positive, or who are still awaiting test results.
They tell me that PPE is still not making its way to them. Over 70% of the care homes I’ve spoken to in my constituency have told me they have either run out, or are running dangerously low, of one or more items of PPE.
Many have told me that they are still struggling to access tests, and when tests are arranged, the results can take between 7-14 days to come back, well beyond the government’s 48-hour target. Efforts to reach the daily testing target are in vain if the results are not shared in time for appropriate action to be taken.