DAUK in the Daily Mirror: NHS staff lack basic protection against COVID-19

A nurse was photographed by a patient with just a basic apron to protect herself.

The shocking image comes to light after a hospital consultant became the first frontline NHS worker to die from coronavirus.

As worrying footage of a nurse working in a coronavirus ward wearing only basic protection was passed to the Mirror, the Doctors’ Association UK said it was “deeply saddened” by Dr El-Hawrani’s death.

And it urged the Government to make a priority of “protecting the lives of the life-savers”.

A joint statement from its president Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden and chair Dr Rinesh Parmar said: “It is simply unacceptable that some doctors still do not have access to adequate PPE.

“This is crucial, especially for the highest-risk procedures undertaken by intensive care doctors, anaesthetists and ENT surgeons.”