Nursing leaders call on PM to intervene over protective equipment for staff

Medical workers stretch a patient into a newly built temporary hospital on March 16 in Rome. Doctors in Italy are making difficult decisions on who should receive care

Medical workers stretch a patient into a newly built temporary hospital on March 16 in Rome. Doctors in Italy are making difficult decisions on who should receive care

Doctors' Association chairman Dr Rinesh Parmar said front-line medics, including Global Positioning System and hospital staff, felt "absolutely abandoned" and like "lambs to the slaughter" due to the lack of effective PPE.

"If people are working on the frontline to look after us, it is vital that we look after them".

They said that supply of protective equipment was rising.

THE army will be drafted in this week to help dish out personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS workers after the government has failed to do the job.

Medical staff had vocally raised the issue of PPE supplies over the weekend, with nearly 4,000 NHS workers signing a Sunday Times letter calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to protect frontline staff's lives by resolving the "unacceptable shortage of protective equipment".

During the daily Downing Street briefing on coronavirus, Mr Hancock said: "Many, many people across the NHS are asking for more personal protective equipment (PPE)".

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Protective kit from the national stockpile reserved for pandemic influenza had now been released said the joint statement from the department of health and National Health Service on Monday.

The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has reported that some of the most seriously ill United Kingdom patients include healthy ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialists who ended up on life support after being infected by normal contact with patients.

Millions of gadgets have been offered to hospitals, ambulance trust, GP practices, care properties and other well-being services in the last few days, he added, after complaints emerged from medical staff that they didn't have enough package.

But advice to stay at home and avoid social gatherings went unheeded by millions at the weekend who took advantage of sunny weather to flocked to parks and beauty spots over the weekend, ignoring instructions to stay 2 metres (6 feet) apart.Emyr Williams, chief executive of the Snowdonia National Park Authority in Wales, said the past 24 hours had been unprecedented."We have experienced the busiest visitor day in living memory".

There have been increased pressure on the supply chain of PPE owing to the outbreak of Covid-19 as well as the related manufacturing slowdown particularly in China, the NHS said. "We are extremely grateful for the military's support in this regard".

"It is a massive effort, and we want to know if you haven't got the protective equipment or are about to run out - we want to hear from you as quickly as possible".

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