DAUK in The Independent: lack of PPE ‘shocking indictment’ of government’s handling of crisis

 Health secretary Matt Hancock is facing a growing backlash over his claim that NHS workers are using too much personal protective equipment (PPE), with one doctors’ leader saying that the failure to provide adequate supplies was a “shocking indictment” of the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Mr Hancock revealed that 19 NHS staff have died after contracting Covid-19, but said that authorities were “not aware of any link to shortages of PPE in any of these deaths”.

Dr Jenny Vaughan, of the Doctors’ Association UK, said that more than 1,000 healthcare workers had signed up to its NHS PPE app in just 10 days to report the situation on the ground, with more than 40 per cent saying they had experienced shortages of long-sleeved gowns and eye protectors.

Dr Vaughan told Sky News: “We absolutely acknowledge that things have improved, but there are still many, many gaps and we can’t afford gaps when it comes to people’s lives.”