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COVID-19 – What GMB are doing to help NHS Workers

Published 31st March 2020 by GMB EMAS

NHS workers are on the front line as the nation struggles with the growing Coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

You and your colleagues are going above and beyond to care for and support sick and vulnerable members of our society. 

Throughout this difficult time, you are there for them and the GMB is here for you.

Here are some of the key things you need to know:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

There have been shortages of PPE but the GMB has been lobbying government and working with trusts to ensure you have the protective equipment you need to undertake your role safely.

The GMB need your help to quickly identify where employers are not providing the PPE and the training that you need. We can then challenge the employer to resolve the situation.


With NHS staff going above and beyond to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that your contribution is recognised in the 2021 pay award. The GMB are consulting members now. Have your say:

NHS staff are protected with sick pay should they be required to be off work due to Covid-19. However, that is not the case for everyone that is providing services for the NHS. Although many private contractors operating services within NHS settings are only paying Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from day one. The GMB is calling on the Government to ensure all employers commit to paying full and normal pay from day one of sickness during Covid-19.

Protecting and supporting your family

As a key worker, you are entitled to a letter which can be provided to schools and nurseries as required so that childcare provision can be maintained.

If you begin to show symptoms of COVID-19 you should be entitled to a NHS reimbursed hotel room during your quarantine period if you choose.
If you are concerned about your personal care responsibilities or protecting vulnerable members of your household, please don’t hesitate to get in touch for help and advice.

Get the support you need

The GMB are here for you throughout this crisis. Get in touch and our dedicated team of reps and officers will do everything they can to help and support you.  If any of your colleagues are struggling and need some help and advice, let them know they too can join the GMB today:

For more information on your rights at work during the Coronavirus outbreak, please visit:

Repost of Email by Harry Harrison – NHS Lead – GMB Union Midland & East Coast Region to NHS Workers
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