West Derby Labour MP ‘swamped’ by calls from desperate NHS staff, teams up with charity to take direct action to help front-line staff let down by government
A Labour MP has responded to desperate cries for help from front-line staff endangered by the government’s failure to provide ‘PPE’ – personal protective equipment – to protect them from the coronavirus.
Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne says he has been ‘swamped’ by calls from desperate paramedics and hospital staff who have inadequate PPE to prevent them being infected by those they treat – with protective goggles and visors in especially short supply.
Byrne has teamed up with a local man who had started making protective visors on his home 3D printer and has agreed to start producing goggles as well for the desperate NHS staff.
The project is being part-funded by the Fans Supporting Foodbanks (FSF) charity that Byrne co-founded, with more funding expected from unions.
Byrne told the SKWAWKBOX:
A man over the water (on the Wirral peninsula across from Liverpool) who’s just been furloughed had started making visors and we’re sorting out designs for goggles. He’s only got one printer, but I’ve got other contacts who have similar kit so we’ll be setting up a little supply chain and ramping up as fast as we can.
Fans Supporting Foodbanks is putting some money into it and I’m talking to the unions about getting on board to help, but really we need a cottage industry of people with 3D printers, so if others with printers want to come forward that would be brilliant.
It’s like the ethos of Fans Supporting Foodbanks – we couldn’t rely on this government to feed our people and this is very much similar. The lack of PPE is a disgrace.
If you have, or have access to, a 3D printer and want to help in the effort to protect our front-line heroes – wherever your location – email firstname.lastname@example.org or message FSF via its Facebook page.
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