DAUK in The Mirror: nurses are being forced to hold their breath while they treat coronavirus patients due to a lack of PPE

Dr Rinesh Parmar, of the Doctors’ Association UK said 43% of doctors who his organisation surveyed have no eye protection at all and 20% don’t have them for the most severe and high risk procedures. He had also heard from doctors who have said they are having to reuse masks and they should be single use only.

He added: “Nurses are doing some of these high risk procedures because they’re unsure whether the masks they’ve been provided with is going to offer them adequate protection.”

He said: “Sadly doctors have been forced to take matters into their own hands.”

Dr Parmar also raised concerns about testing, saying: “We have heard in the last few weeks that testing is going to be ramped up. It would be welcome to see that in practice.”

He claimed that there have been reports of doctors going to testing centres, only to be turned away.

Asked on whether the NHS would cope, he said: “We’ve gone into this pandemic in a position of relative weakness.”