Mark Simons (NHS worker die of coronavirus) Wiki – Mark Simons (NHS worker die of coronavirus) Biography
- Mark Simons was a health care assistant and Unite representative
- He has become the 51st person to die with Covid-19 after catching it in hospital
- Staff working at the hospital claim they have been abused due to the outbreak
An NHS health and safety representative has died with Covid-19 after catching the disease at the hospital he worked at due to a spike in cases – which has led to staff at the hospital being ’emotionally abused’.
Mark Simons, 59, from Porth, Rhondda, South Wales was health care assistant at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
He was a senior health and safety representative of Unite and sat on several committees within the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.
The dad-of-two is the 51st person to die after catching Covid-19 at the hospital and his colleagues claim they are being personally attacked because of the spike in coronavirus with 186 cases.
Consultant Dr Nerys Conway said staff have been ‘victimised’ by members of the public due to hospital transmissions.
She said: ‘I know of some awful cases where nurses have been emotionally attacked outside of work.
‘There’s been some name-calling. People have been victimised and that is horrendous.
‘Some of the nurses here have experienced emotional abuse on social media.
‘For a lot of them they feel the finger has been pointed at them.’
Tributes have flooded in for Mr Simons who was described as having ‘incredible knowledge’ in protecting workers’ safety.
Dean Fackrell, senior Unite representative at Cwm Taf Morgannwg said: ‘I’m sure I speak not only for myself but the other workplace reps within Cwm Taf Morgannwg when I say that he will be greatly missed by all of us.’
Unite Wales Secretary Peter Hugh said: ‘His sad death displays the potential risks that NHS workers have to contend with, day in day out.
‘He was an outstanding health and safety rep who used his knowledge and great experience to protect workers within the health board, both before and during the current pandemic,’ he said.
‘In tribute to Mark’s work, Unite will continue to do everything it can to ensure NHS workers are protected from Covid-19 in the workplace.
‘NHS staff are the true heroes of this pandemic and their continued safety is our primary objective’.
Tributes to Mr Simons were also made online.
Shelley Jones said: ‘Mark was passionate about health and safety, and about keeping his colleagues safe in work.
‘I will miss his larger than life personality, the support he gave to us all and his knowledge, as will the rest of his Unite family. Deepest sympathies to his family and friends.’
Kelly Marie said: ‘This is so sad, I worked with Mark for a good few years in the Royal, he was a right character.’