A shipment of 400,000 gowns which was flown by the RAF from Turkey last months has been “deemed unusable” after falling short of UK standards.
The personal protective equipment (PPE) has been impounded at a warehouse near Heathrow Airport as the inspectors said it was all faulty, the Daily Telegraph reported.
In a statement to the newspaper, the Department of Health said, “This is a global pandemic with many countries procuring PPE, leading to shortages around the world, not just the UK.
“We are working night and day to source PPE internationally and domestically and brought together the NHS, industry and the Armed Forces to create a comprehensive PPE distribution network to deliver critical supplies to the front line.
“All deliveries of PPE are checked to ensure the equipment meets the safety and quality standards our frontline staff need.
“If equipment does not meet our specifications or pass our quality assurance processes, it is not distributed to the front line.”