An NHS cancer nurse contacted the coronavirus after working without adequate protective gear, it is claimed.
The breast cancer specialist, who works at The Beatson, West of Scotland Cancer Centre, in Glasgow, is now being treated in hospital.
The nurse's condition is said to be unknown, but now colleagues have hit out at the lack of resources provided to NHS staff during the deepening coronavirus crisis.
On Wednesday a colleague voiced concerns said may have got it as a result of a lack of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes the lack of appropriate masks, an accusation echoed by health practitioners across the UK.
A member of staff at the Beatson, where some of the country’s most vulnerable patients are treated, told The Daily Record: “We are not allowed to use masks unless a patient shows signs of having the virus or is confirmed as having Covid-19.
“This doesn’t protect us or the patients.”
She said that even when symptoms are shown or a diagnosis made, they are told to use only paper masks, not the water-resistible ones which are recommended.
The source added that patients are now worried about coming in for treatment incase they catch the virus, which cancer patients undergoing treatment are said to be more vulnerable to.
The source said: “Patients who have found out about the nurse being infected have been calling up and asking questions about whether they should come for treatment or not.”
In reply Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board stressed it was treating staff welfare as "paramount".
“We completely understand this is an anxious time for people working in the NHS and want to reassure our staff that their welfare is paramount as we deal with the Covid-19 situation," the board said in a statement.
It added that it followed the guidance on the virus from Health Protection Scotland in terms of appropriate PPE for staff.
However the health authority added: “We are unable to confirm information of any Covid-19 cases within Greater Glasgow and Clyde.”
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In response to the increased demand for protective equipment, hospital trusts have been told the army are being brought in to support the supply chain.
It comes after the armed forces were drafted in to help manage and distribute supplies to frontline NHS staff with the war against COVID-19.
Soldiers have already been pictured delivering protective equipment in convoy across London, with similar scenes set to occur across the UK throughout the pandemic.
Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock called for 250,000 NHS volunteers to help save the health service, as he announced the ExCel Centre in London would be turned into an emergency field hospital.
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