Time to praise our doc­tors and nurses

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - Letters -

Sir — I take ex­cep­tion to the state­ment that doc­tors and nurses “should wear masks and gloves... They should tell their pa­tients that they are not vac­ci­nated and why, so pa­tients can choose not to en­gage with them” (Sun­day In­de­pen­dent, Novem­ber 25).

That is dis­crim­i­na­tion on the high­est level. One of the rea­sons why some health care work­ers don’t get the vac­cine is be­cause it doesn’t cover all strains of flu, and one can still get the flu de­spite get­ting vac­ci­nated.

If this blan­ket ap­proach is to be used, then surely ev­ery­one who comes into con­tact with peo­ple should wear masks and gloves, from tell­ers han­dling money in su­per­mar­kets to bank man­agers to po­lice­men? Let’s not for­get the health care as­sis­tants, other al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als, porters, cooks, any­one and ev­ery­one in the health care sys­tem.

This con­tin­u­ous “slag­ging” of doc­tors and nurses is be­com­ing tire­some. How about prais­ing us a bit for all the hard work we do by stay­ing in Ire­land where work­ing con­di­tions are re­ally tough? If no good word can be said, rather say noth­ing. SF Buck­ley,

Mal­low

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