A CLOSE Vladimir Putin ally has stepped in and backed a nurse facing being disciplined for wearing only underwear and a see-through gown on a male hospital ward.
Tula regional governor Alexey Dyumin, 47, a former presidential bodyguard and military spy chief personally visited the 23-year-old medic after she was threatened with the sack.
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Hospital boss Dr Anna Savishcheva told Vesti Tula TV: “We did not impose any disciplinary sanctions, in any case, written.
“The girl continues to work.
“This is a good employee, a professional, who provides medical care at a high level.”
“As soon as her picture appeared on the web, governor Alexey Dyumin met her — and was in touch with her.
“He chatted, supported and thanked her and all the medics for their work.”
It came after images of the 23-year-old went viral showing her on a male Covid-19 ward wearing only underwear beneath her see-through protective gown.
A doctor on the same ward as the nurse, who is known as Nadia, said: “I totally support the nurse.
“It has been very hot in these costumes for a long time.
“She did not deserve any punishment.”
Most likely she realised that the costume was transparent, but decided to dress like this anyway
Hospital boss Dr Anna Savishcheva
Dr Savishcheva added: “Most likely she realised that the costume was transparent, but decided to dress like this anyway because it is very hard to be in these costumes for a long time.
“And the main thing is that she helped coronavirus patients.
“It was totally not right that some patient took a picture of her. He framed her when she was helping him.”
The nurse claimed that she wore a “swimming suit” beneath the gown because the protective equipment was too hot.
After a picture of the health worker dispensing medicines in her underwear went viral, hospital bosses punished her for “non-compliance with the requirements for medical clothing.”
But doctors, businesses and politicians in Russia have now backed the nurse, with some saying that the hospital had not provided the appropriate protective equipment to work with coronavirus patients.
One colleague said the nurse was “under big stress” because of the hospital’s response.
They told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda: “She is in a state of shock and afraid of losing her job altogether.”
Head of the Doctors’ Alliance, Dr Anastasia Vasilyeva, offered to back the nurse in appealing against her punishment.
“If she turns to us, we will protect her,” she said.
“The fact that the costumes are of such a quality that do not meet the standards is a problem for management, not the nurse.
“The picture shows that she was wearing some kind of plastic suit.
“We need to pay attention not to her [underwear], but that the [gown] does not meet the necessary standards.
“Firstly, a plague-proof costume is never transparent. And it must be made of a completely different fabric.”
The nurse has also been offered a job as an underwear model by lingerie company Miss X.
Boss Anastasia Yakusheva said: “We want the Tula nurse to become a model of our underwear brand.
“We are ready to deliver several sets of exclusive new products for fitting, and in the future we plan to conclude an annual agreement with her.”
Meanwhile, politician Vitaly Milonov said: “No disciplinary methods should be imposed on the [nurse].
He added: “In no case should the girl be punished, I am sharply against this.”
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Russia has more than 300,000 cases of Covid-19 with an official death toll of 2,972.
However, Moscow has been accused of downplaying the true level of its fatalities.
Tula, in the west of the country, has reported 2,637 infections and 19 deaths.