A WHISTLEBLOWER who exposed 'pathetic' protective gear given to coronavirus medics in Inverclyde has blasted a 'lack of action' by unions in a second online video.

The nurse — whose face is blanked out and voice dubbed in the YouTube post — previously demonstrated the type of loosely fitting masks and paper thin aprons supplied to them.

Now the hospital insider says that union chiefs are failing to speak up for the frontline workers risking their lives to save others.

The nurse states: "To continue to allow thousands of their members and NHS workers to be working these appallingly unacceptable environments is shameful, especially when members pay unions to give them a voice and stand up for their rights.

"To the unions I say this, where are you?

"Why have you intentionally chosen to be silent when questioned by the press about the serious health and safety matters raised at this crucial time of need?

"Why have you allowed this shameful practice to go on without objection?"

An Inverclyde NHS source told the Telegraph last week that hospital bosses are 'trying to trace' the anonymous whistleblower.

The insider said: "What the video shows is correct, this is the exact pathetic PPE that is being used.

"Staff wearing it are ordered to carry out intimate close proximity procedures such as washing, feeding, clothing and assisting to the toilet — with masks that are not sealed and have no air filter."

We revealed last month how our frontline medics have been issued with PPE masks that are nearly four years beyond their original use-by date.

Health board bosses say the items have been tested and deemed safe.

In the latest video, the medic states: "I would like to sincerely thank the many newspapers, journalists and organisations who helped raise awareness of the disgraceful situation.

"I am absolutely disgusted by the chosen lack of action by the NHS, government and trade unions.

"Frontline workers are now left with no other option but to rely on you, the public, to demand a change to this practice.

"Let us demand protection for those very individuals who are risking their lives to protect all of you.

"Please help us."

The Telegraph contacted Unison, Unite and the GMB unions for comment.

We did not receive a response.

A British Medical Association survey of more than 6,000 doctors across the country last month said a significant amount of them remain without the protection they need to guard against COVID-19.

Meanwhile another survey by the Royal College of Nursing found half of nurses have felt pressure to work without appropriate protective equipment during the crisis.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde yesterday stopped short of giving a categoric assurance that the nurse in the video wouldn't be disciplined if they revealed their identity.

In response to a direct question from the Telegraph, a health board spokesperson said: "We're really concerned to see a member of staff has felt the need to report this anonymously.

"Our staff are always supported to speak up if they are worried and we will make sure they are supported to do so.

"We want to reassure every member of staff they are free to raise concerns.

"All of our hospitals and community services currently have adequate PPE supplies and those demonstrated in the video are appropriate for droplet precautions which is how COVID-19 is transmitted."