Russian doctors and a politician have reportedly come to the defense of a nurse who was suspended from her hospital job for wearing just skivvies underneath her personal protective equipment.
“No disciplinary methods should be imposed on the [nurse],” Vitaly Milonov, a member of the United Russia party told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, according to The Sun.
“In no case should the girl be punished, I am sharply against this.”
The nurse, identified only as Nadia, 23, was suspended from the Tula Regional Clinical Hospital for “non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing,” the Tula Pressa newspaper had reported.
Nadia claimed to managers that she did not realize that her underwear was showing through the PPE and that she was “too hot” to wear clothing underneath the head-to-toe vinyl gown.
The head of the Doctors’ Alliance, Dr Anastasia Vasilyeva, said her group would assist Nadia in fighting the punishment, the report said.
Vasilyeva also said the material of the nurse’s see-through gown was problematic.
“Firstly, a plague-proof costume is never transparent. And it must be made of a completely different fabric,” she said.
“We need to pay attention not to her [underwear], but that the [gown] does not meet the necessary standards.”