Army to distribute protective equipment to NHS

What has gone wrong with the UK's supply of PPE?

Army to distribute protective equipment to NHS

The Army are being brought into NHS hospital trusts to distribute protective equipment such as masks, safety glasses, gloves, aprons and protective suits to frontline NHS staff who are battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospitals have been told that can expect to be receiving deliveries of personal protective equipment “around the clock” for as long as the outbreak should last.

The Army is being brought in to support the supply chain after NHS staff warned they do not have the correct equipment to protect themselves as they treat hundreds of patients with coronavirus, and that this would surely contribute to the spread and compromise an already struggling NHS.

On Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that army trucks will deliver the equipment to “all who need it”. Over the last few days, NHS England also said “millions more items” of personal protective equipment have already been delivered to hospitals, ambulance trusts and care homes, among others.

This comes after almost 4,000 NHS workers signed a letter which was later published by the Sunday Times, calling on the prime minister to “protect the lives of the life-savers” and resolve the “unacceptable shortage of protective equipment”.

Medical staff say they are “putting their lives on the line every day” by treating patients with coronavirus without appropriate protection.

More than 5700 people have been confirmed to have coronavirus in the UK. Some 281 people have died.

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