This week, we’ve been bringing public attention to the case of a worker at University College London Hospital, who was voluntarily giving up their weekends to care for COVID19 patients, out of her own time and at great personal risk.
The worker, a cyclist, was leaving the hospital on Saturday 30 January and found that her cycle had been stolen from the hospital storage unit. One can only imagine how heartbreaking and stressful this must have been, given how difficult working in this sector has been for over a year.
Upon learning of this, we publicised that health and care sector cycles were clearly not sufficiently protected from theft. Last summer, we publicised that secure cycle parking should be a priority for the health and care sector. Regrettably, this has not been a priority issue at some hospitals and other care centres, and NHS and other health and care sector workers have repeatedly been victims of theft at their workplaces.
1. Finished my shift trying to save lives from COVID 19 on the ICU at Queens Medical Centre last night, 2 hours late at 2am. Someone had stolen my bike from the locked staff compound. You have stolen my way to get to work, my time and my sleep (in short supply at the moment). But pic.twitter.com/aI4rhGWNwR— Dan Harvey (@danjrharvey) March 26, 2020
We visited the UCL Hospital cycle storage site this morning – and regrettably, nothing had changed. There were clear signs of theft, such as pieces of broken cycle lock strewn around the area. Signs ominously told workers that “bicycle are left at own risk.” When TFL are encouraging people to cycle and walk for journeys when possible, how can this be an acceptable situation?
Extremely upsetting situation in UCL Hospital this week - this isn't acceptable. The health and care sector must do better with protecting their own people's cycles. https://t.co/l7e4W99zSj— London Cycling Campaign (@London_Cycling) February 4, 2021
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If this is a problem in a hospital or other care centre you or a friend or relative work at, let us know on email@example.com - photos and details are very welcome.