NHS Staff In Liverpool Reportedly Warned To Hide Their Uniform
NHS staff at the Royal Liverpool hospital have reportedly been advised to cover up their uniforms in order to protect themselves from abuse amid the ongoing legal battle surrounding toddler Alfie Evans.
Alfie Evans is currently being treated at Alder Hey hospital, not the Royal.
However, the Liverpool Echo reports that healthcare workers at the Royal are being urged to not only cover up their uniforms, but also not wear hospital ID off-site - having apparently received an email containing recommended measures regarding their safeguarding.
A spokesman for the Royal told the Liverpool Echo: "Following local reports of abuse towards NHS staff, we have provided our staff with advice regarding their own safety and security.
"Abuse of NHS staff or others whose role is to protect and care for others should not be tolerated."
Yesterday, Alder Hey shared an open letter penned by the chairman and chief executive of the hospital trust.
Sir David Henshaw and Louise Shepherd CBE spoke about issues that the hospital and its staff have faced over the past few weeks, saying: "Our nursing, medical and support staff come into work each day at Alder Hey determined to do the best for our patients and those who care for them."
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They added: "Unfortunately, these same remarkable staff have recently been the target of unprecedented personal abuse that has been hard to bear.
"As an organisation, we have endured attacks upon our motivation, our professionalism and our ethics. It has been a very difficult time."
The letter added that every member of staff at the hospital was touched by Alfie's story, and that they 'feel deeply for Alfie and his whole family'.
Aidan Kehoe, chief executive of the Royal and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "I - along with staff at our hospitals - have been upset and disheartened by the ongoing abuse and threats aimed at our colleagues at Alder Hey and other NHS staff in the past few weeks.
"We recognise that this is a very emotional and sad case and respect that everyone is entitled to their personal opinions. But no one has the right to threaten or abuse.
"We fully endorse the messages sent by Alder Hey about this and hope that those responsible for this abuse will think very carefully about the impact they are having on front-line hospital staff."
Alfie's parents took their legal battle to the Court of Appeal yesterday, seeking approval for Alfie to be taken to Rome for further treatment. However, their appeal was dismissed.
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