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Getting medics protective gear is a ‘Herculean effort’, Hancock admits

Getting vital personal protective equipment to frontline NHS staff is proving to be a “Herculean logistical ..

By admin , in England , at April 11, 2020

Getting vital personal protective equipment to frontline NHS staff is proving to be a "Herculean logistical effort", the health secretary has admitted.

Matt Hancock insisted there are enough masks, gloves, aprons and hand sanitiser to go around as he defended the government's record on protecting medics.

He told health workers they should be treating the items known as PPE like the “precious resource that it is”.

Ministers have been accused of being too slow to deliver the equipment, putting doctors at risk and meaning those treating patients with COVID-19 could pass on the virus.

Image: How PPE makes its way from factories to the frontline

Earlier this week, the British Medical Association told Sky News the shortage was “really worrying” and that only 50% of doctors surveyed in high-risk areas like intensive care units say they have adequate supplies of sealed masks.

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A doctor who was diagnosed with coronavirus also died this week – several weeks after writing to the prime minister asking him “urgently” to boost PPE stocks.

Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 52, called on the prime minister to ensure medics are protected because they have a "human right like others to live in this world disease-free with our family and children".

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A paramedic wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)outside St Thomas' Hospital in Westminster, London, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Image: Mr Hancock said 742 million pieces of PPE have been delivered so far

Mr Hancock tried to assuage fears by saying at the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing on Friday: “There's enough PPE to go around, but only if it's used in line with our guidance.

"We need everyone to treat PPE like the precious resource that it is.

"That means only using it when there's a clinical need, and not using more than is needed."

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He said 742 million pieces of PPE have been delivered so far during the outbreak, including 161 million masks, 127 million aprons, one million gowns, and 345 million pairs of gloves.

Mr Hancock continued: "This is a Herculean logistical effort. We've brought together the NHS, private industry and the Army, in fact, the armed forces, to create a giant PPE distribution network on an unprecedented scale."

In order to ensure sufficient future supply, he is urging companies which can do so to "step up to the plate" and help with manufacturing.

For weeks the government has been promising medics would be protected, with Mr Hancock saying on 23 March he was “taking urgent action to ensure dedicated frontline NHS and social care staff… feel supported”.

A Royal Mint employee checks the fit of a full face visor where workers, who usually mint coins at the Royal Mint, Llantrisant, Wales, are now making face visors inside the cafe of the Royal Mint Experience to supply NHS staff to help get PPE to health workers.
Image: The RCN said it would only be impressive when nursing staff said they had everything they need

Responding to his latest assurances, director of nursing at the Royal College of Nursing Susan Master said it would only be impressive when nursing staff “stop contacting me to say what they need to use wasn't available”.

“The safety of nurses and care staff must not be compromised,” she added.

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