Care homes across the UK have each only received 300 ‘inadequate’ masks to protect staff and residents against coronavirus, the Telegraph has learned.
Nursing, residential homes and other care providers had been expecting to receive masks, aprons, gloves and visors as part of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packages sent by the government last week.
Dr Rinesh Parmar Chairman of the Doctors’ Association UK has warned existing staff may feel forced to leave because they do not have adequate PPE.
“That’s the travesty of this situation – that the Government needs to protect frontline health workers and in return they will give 100 per cent,” he said.
“But the Government hasn’t kept its side of the bargain with NHS staff by not having enough PPE available to safeguard the health of doctors and nurses.”