There have been rumours abound, surrounding the compulsory vaccination of staff within NWAS. Let me assure you that as things currently stand in civil law, no person can have any medical treatment or intervention forced upon them without their implicit informed consent. The only exception to this is where a person lacks capacity and the treatment is in their best interests, so unless NWAS deem their staff to lack capacity then nothing can change.
There has also been mention of staff not being able to fulfil their contract, why now, all of a sudden, does a fluid repellent surgical mask not protect staff and patients from the virus? There is nothing in any contract that states you must be vaccinated against coronavirus.
The service has apparently started to develop its own Covid age risk score matrix, again, which is currently not aligned with the ALAMA risk matrix. Before they can implement any form of risk assessment, they MUST consult with qualified Union Health and Safety Officials. Laid down in law in the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977. At the point of writing this report for the website, 24th March 2021, I have not been consulted by NWAS about any proposals to re-design or develop a risk assessment aimed at risk scoring staff.
I appreciate that it has been a while since the last Health and Safety update, but I will endeavour to keep you, our membership, up to date with future developments.
UNISON Branch Health and Safety Officer.