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Labour MP sacked from care home for raising PPE concerns

Nadia Whittome revealed on Wednesday night that she had been "asked not to return" to work by charitable trust ExtraCare

LABOUR MP Nadia Whittome has claimed she was sacked from her temporary role as a carer during the coronavirus pandemic after speaking out about personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages.

The Nottingham East MP, who at 24 is the youngest in Parliament, revealed on Wednesday night that she had been "asked not to return" to work by charitable trust ExtraCare.

She had returned to her former role at Lark Hill retirement village, which is run by the trust, to help relieve strain on the care service.

However she was accused of "spreading misinformation" about PPE shortages in the media.

Ms Whittome said the reason behind ExtraCare's decision to terminate her role was based on an interview she gave to Newsnight on April 24 about inadequate supply of PPE.

She had previously complained that staff were given only one face mask each per day, meaning the same mask was used for multiple residents.

"I am appalled that ExtraCare have chosen this course of action, without following any due process and without me ever having portrayed them negatively in the media," she said.

"I will continue to speak the truth about my frontline experiences and I condemn care companies which try to gag staff for speaking out and raising concerns."

ExtraCare said Ms Whittome had returned on a casual basis and worked eight shifts between March and April.

"Our in-house care team are now fulfilling our needs at this time and Nadia's help is no longer needed," it said in a statement.

Ms Whittome is inviting care staff across Britain to contact her office in confidence if they have faced intimidation or disciplinary action at work for speaking out about PPE shortages.

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