Doctors’ Association UK Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar spoke to Sophy Ridge about shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the realities of testing of frontline staff.
“It’s been two weeks since the health secretary said that he’s pledging to ensure that the right equipment gets to the right doctor, the right hospital and the right GP practice and we’ve seen that sadly that is still not happening”
“Doctors have been left with no choice but to take matters into their own hands. At the Doctors’ Association UK we’ve been working with Messly and we’ve created an app called NHSppe.com. Since Thursday we’ve been surveying hundreds of doctors in over 150 hospitals.”
43% of doctors without ANY eye protection
20% of doctors without ANY eye protection for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs)
37% of doctors without FFP3 masks for aerosol generating procedures (AGPs)
“Doctors have said that they’re having to re-use masks that should be single use only….They’re talking to nurses doing some of these high-risk procedures are holding their breath as they’re unsure and unaware of whether the mask they have been provided is going to offer them adequate protection”
“We have seen in certain centres that supplies are getting to the frontline, but we’re hearing every day of more and more cases particularly with General Practitioners who simply don’t have the eye protection and basic equipment they need…We’ve seen doctors resorting to accepting donations from local schools, of using science goggles that children would normally be using in their labs and repurposing them for use in their surgeries. We’ve seen a tremendous effort from the local community to try and get personal protective equipment to doctors”