DAUK on CNN: a lack of PPE and scrubs on the frontline

Health workers across England have been sounding alarm bells about dwindling protective equipment. Nearly 4,000 doctors warned the government on Sunday that they could become “cannon fodder” for the virus due to inadequate PPE, according to a letter coordinated by the The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK), a group that lobbies for frontline NHS workers.

DAUK told CNN Thursday that around 50 doctors have said they have no personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns and gloves, and have had to buy their own on eBay or at DIY stores.

He added that doctors outside London have also struggled to gain access to scrubs, which are typically only used in intensive care operating theatres. “There’s been no consideration for people who don’t want to be wearing their own clothes [at hospitals] — health workers want to change into scrubs so that they don’t take that infection back home with them,” Dr Rinesh Parmar, chair of the DAUK, told CNN.