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NHS faces emergency as desperately vitally needed PPE delayed

by LLB Reporter
19th Apr 20 12:37 pm

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is facing an urgent emergency within the NHS as the much-needed shipment of life saving vital equipment is now delayed.

It was reported on Sunday that a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) was due to arrive today from Turkey, Sky News understands.

The Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Saturday that a shipment is due which will alleviate the pressures doctors and nurses are facing.

Announcing the PPE delivery from Turkey on Saturday, Robert Jenrick said, “Demand is extremely high and quantities are in huge demand internationally but we will continue to work as hard as we can.

“Those healthcare workers who are on the front line again should know that we completely understand their anxiety and we are doing all we can to try and get them the equipment that they need as quickly as possible.”

The government have been criticised over the shortages within the NHS of waterproof gowns, and other protective equipment.

84,000 tonnes of PPE was due to arrive in the UK today, including 400,000 surgical gowns and it is understood the RAF are ready to transport the equipment.

Public Health England (PHE) says long-sleeved disposable fluid-repellent gowns must be worn when treating coronavirus patients.

A plane carrying 10m face masks with other vital PPS has arrived in Scotland from China on Sunday.

Dire warnings were not listened too by scientists and the UK “lost a crucial five weeks” in tackling the deadly coronavirus, according to an investigation by The Sunday Times.

Government whistleblowers alleged that in January and February there was complacency as, “a crucial five weeks in the fight to tackle the dangerous threat of coronavirus despite being in a perilously poor state of preparation for a pandemic.”

The newspaper claims that Johnson did not attend five emergency COBRA meetings in the same period and did not attend until early March.

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