1 April 2020 - SkyNews
President of the Queensland Nurses Professional Association Phill Tsingos says as the supply of masks, gloves and gowns dwindles, “nurses are concerned they are putting their lives at risk”.
Medical personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies have become increasingly depleted due to high demand, triggering concerns regarding the safety of health care workers.
Mr Tsingos said fears regarding the lack of medical supplies escalated after the Nursing and Midwifery Board announced that failure to wear proper PPE could place nurses registration “at risk”.
As the demand on the health system increases, nurses have been working 12 hours shifts without eating, drinking or taking a toilet break, Mr Tsingos told Sky News host Peter Gleeson.
Mr Tsingos said it was “not acceptable" for nurses to “use one mask all day” which he described as being “equivalent to using toilet paper twice”.