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Military slams NHS over ‘appalling handling’ of PPE

by LLB Reporter
22nd Apr 20 2:37 pm

Military sources have hit out at the NHS’s distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic.

Military personnel blasted the NHS over their “appalling handling” in issuing PPE to their staff and where it needs to go.

They said that logistics are “knackered” along with the ‘failure’ to ration the vital kit, and are pushing the government to place them in charge over the handling of PPE.

A senior army source told The Times: ‘We know how knackered their [NHS logistics] systems are, but we’ve been surprised we’ve not been called in to help more, and we’ve been surprised by their failure to ration [kit].’

Military commanders are frustrated that the so-called Covid Support Force which has disaster response planning expertise, are not being put in charge of the PPE distribution.

A Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman said, “The MoD understands just how challenging logistics can be, especially under current pressures.

“Of course, there may be frictions at a local level, but those same armed forces are doing everything possible to support their health colleagues.

“The MoD has full confidence in the NHS.”

An RAF Airbus A400-M left Istanbul, Turkey and arrived at RAF Brize Norton around 3:30am on Wednesday morning, carrying PPE for the NHS.

It is not known if the vital consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) has the urgently needed 400,000 surgical gowns.

There are two other RAF planes on Standby at the airbase to pick up further PPE and other items from Turkey.

The government has constantly been under fire as supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) has almost run out in some hospitals.

Doctors have warned on Monday that they could refuse to treat coronavirus patients to protect their own lives as hospitals are set to run out of PPE today.

The NHS Confederation, the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal Colleges are all backing their staff over the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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