To class the prison service as an emergency service

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As you may or may not know, the UK prison Service is classed by the government as an essential service. We are emergency workers in but name only. I want to change that.

After the new outbreak of Covid-19, our years of underfunding and neglect are easy for all to see. Despite our passion and love for the jobs we do, we are struggling. Struggling to find the essential PPE that we so desperately need. Struggling on the current wage we get for what we have to deal with on a daily basis, Struggling to keep up with the demands of the service due to pre-existing low staffing levels. Staffing levels which have only reduced since many of them have needed to stay at home to self isolate or protect themselves as they fit into the severe risk categories. We have prisons that are rapidly become not fit for purpose. Our prisons are run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Despite the best efforts of our exemplary officers they are not miracle workers! 

 

The list goes on. Whilst I wouldn’t dream of doing any other job and I am proud to stand side by side with thousands of my colleagues all over the UK who give nothing but their best, my heart aches for the state in which our service struggles to survive.


We needed Emergency Service status years ago! Please change this now!!!  Thank you x