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Nurse deaths ‘inevitable’ from coronavirus


Aimee O'Rourke

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Aimee O’Rourke died in the hospital where she worked

It is “inevitable” more health workers will die from coronavirus, the UK’s largest nursing union has said.

Theresa Fyffe, director of the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland, was speaking after the deaths of nurses Aimee O’Rourke and Areema Nasreen, who had both tested positive for the virus.

She said the circumstances of both deaths had to be reviewed and protocols for frontline staff examined.

England’s chief nurse Ruth May has also raised fears over more deaths.

It comes amid reports that up to 30 nurses are off sick with coronavirus at Southend Hospital in Essex.

Ms Fyffe said there were still concerns about whether staff had the personal protective equipment they needed “not just in the NHS – in the communities, in the care homes, in the hospices, wherever care is being provided”.

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England’s chief nurse Ruth May fears more nurses will die

Ms Fyffe said nurses were unable to keep a safe distance from patients, adding: “People have forgotten that when you are a nurse… you are working with patients…



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