Coronavirus: Delivery of 84 tonnes of personal protective equipment for NHS delayed

Coronavirus: Delivery of 84 tonnes of personal protective equipment for NHS delayed

Coronavirus: Delivery of 84 tonnes of personal protective equipment for NHS delayed

The announcement of the large PPE equipment comes after NHS staff were advised they may have to reuse PPE, such as gowns, if they were to run out.

Chancellor Rishi Sunk told reporters at the Number 10 press briefing that work was continuing to find more PPE.

A Department of Health spokesman said the guidance was to ensure that staff knew what to do to minimise risk if shortages did occur, and that the rules remained in line with worldwide standards.

The total number of confirmed cases in the United Kingdom have reached 1,20,067 and 16,060 people have died.

"Countries around the world face unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment and this necessitates an equally unprecedented domestic manufacturing response", said Mr. Deighton.

A vital shipment of protective medical equipment, including gowns, has been delayed en route from Turkey and will not arrive in the United Kingdom on Sunday as planned, despite government assurances that it would do.

The government issued new guidance to hospitals on Friday setting out that alternatives to fluid-repellent full length gowns may need to be used, including reusable gowns or even long sleeved laboratory coats.

He said: "We're improving our sourcing internationally and domestically to make sure we can get the PPE we need in what is a very challenging global context".

"If it is being proposed that staff reuse equipment, this must be demonstrably driven by science and the best evidence - rather than availability".

The Royal College of Nursing said it had written "in the strongest terms" to express its concerns over the rules change.

Earlier on Monday, Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said hospital trusts were being forced into "hand-to-mouth" workarounds on PPE, including washing single-use gowns and restricting stocks to key areas.

Her comments come amid growing frustration over a shortage of PPE for NHS workers during the coronavirus pandemic, days after Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged companies to help boost stocks.

"He'll lead a singular and relentless give attention to PPE because the nation's high manufacturing precedence, with the complete weight of the federal government behind him", Hancock mentioned.

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