BOSTON – Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn filed a resolution at this week’s City Council meeting to offer support to our nurses and healthcare workers, who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This resolution calls for hospitals, industry leaders, and other policymakers to provide healthcare workers with the sufficient equipment and appropriate working conditions as they work to combat this spread of this virus.
“As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, our nurses and healthcare workers play an indispensable part in our response to the pandemic. The resolution urges that all frontline healthcare workers be provided with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), that hospitals consider triage outside of their facilities, and also designate floors for COVID-19 patients to reduce exposure. Moreover, it asks for a halt to all hospital closures and staff reductions, and that there be sufficient environmental services and cleaning staff in hospitals to limit spread of the virus. Our frontline healthcare workers also need to be supported with childcare, paid leave, and facility provided scrubs so they can care for patients and also limit spread to their families and communities. Finally, we all must do our part in preventing the spread of the virus by practicing physical distancing, so that we can help flatten the curve and not further stress our medical system.
“Our nurses and healthcare workers are risking their own health for us and giving everything they have in order to serve their patients. They are the heroes of this crisis and deserve our utmost respect, ” said Councilor Flynn. “We must continue to support our frontline healthcare workers by advocating for the proper safety equipment and precautions, as well as emphasizing the critical need for physical distancing to not overwhelm the system.”
For more information, please contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and [email protected]