A Russian nurse who is disciplined because she only wears lingerie under a transparent protective dress is afraid of losing her job after images of patients go viral.
Colleagues, doctors and politicians have come to her aid and accused hospital bosses in the city of Tula of not providing her with the appropriate personal protective equipment for working in a coronavirus department.
They said she didn’t have the right scrubs to wear under the thin dress, which was also too thin to provide good protection against the virus.
Colleagues, top medics and politicians in Russia rushed to the defense of a nurse photographed wearing only underwear under a PPE dress in a coronavirus department
They say the nurse had not been given scrubs to wear under the dress which led to the ’embarrassing’ situation and should not be punished
It comes after the doctor, who has not been publicly identified, said she was ‘too hot’ under the dress and didn’t realize how transparent it was.
The response comes after Tula hospital officials said they would take disciplinary action against the nurse for violating uniform codes, without specifying what the sentence will be.
Male patients in the department said they had “no complaints” about the uniform, but admitted there was “some shame.”
“Now she is under great stress,” said a colleague to the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.
“She’s in shock and afraid of losing her job altogether.”
The head of the medical alliance, Dr Anastasia Vasilyeva, who criticized the Russian response to the coronavirus, offered to support the nurse in her appeal against her sentence.
“If she turns to us, we’ll protect her,” she said.
“The fact that the costumes are of such quality that they do not meet the requirements is a problem for management, not for the nurse.
“The photo shows that she was wearing some sort of plastic suit.
“We have to be careful that she doesn’t watch her [lingerie], but that the (dress) does not meet the necessary standards.
First, a pest-resistant costume is never transparent.
“And it must be a completely different material.”
She hasn’t broken the law and “why would she endanger herself when it’s hot?”
A nurse who works with the punished woman said that her colleagues no longer want to say because they are afraid of harming her.
“It’s all very simple in Tula. Bullying starts against her. ‘
Tula hospital officials (pictured) threatened the nurse with disciplinary action for violating uniform codes after images of patients went viral
The incident happened because there was a shortage of medical clothes to wear under the protective dress, she said.
“We generally come with PPE, but occasionally we are short on something.”
Nurse Oksana Drybo from the same hospital said it is important to understand “why this happened.”
There were not enough supplies of disposable underwear or reusable nursing undergarments to wear when treating coronavirus patients, she said.
She complained, “Doctors don’t like to be in transparent suits, but there aren’t others.
“And some don’t even have transparent ones.”
Former professional boxer, now a pro-Vladimir Putin MP, Nikolai Valuev, urged patients to write to the authorities in support.
“Let’s hope that the nurse’s appearance in male patients aroused the desire to live,” he said.
“They found strength to resist the disease even more actively.
“As a rule, good emotions always contribute to recovery.”
Another politician Vitaly Milonov said: ‘No (disciplinary) methods should be imposed on the (nurse). There was no malicious intent … I’m sure she was ashamed herself …
“Under no circumstances should the girl be punished, I am strongly against this.”
Senator Vladimir Krugly said there was a “violation of wearing this protection,” but there should be no “retaliation” against the nurse.
Head of Miss X lingerie brand Anastasia Yakusheva said, “We want the Tula nurse to become a model of our underwear brand.
“We are ready to supply several sets of exclusive new assembly products, and we plan to enter into an annual agreement with her in the future.”
But she should quit her job as a nurse, Yakusheva said.
Union leader Andrey Konoval said, “It is clear that in this case there was a violation of the generally recognized standards of the dress code and appearance in the workplace.
“In our opinion, it was possible to do without disciplinary action.”
Drybo added, “When patients (the photos) so happily photograph and distribute, they are not sick or treated well and have to go home.
“Recovering patients should be grateful to the doctors who cured them.”