DAUK on ITV news regarding PPE shortages in general practices

A GP working at a surgery in Birmingham told ITV News Central that some medics are practicing without the desired PPE. Dr Francis Okoroh who works in Handsworth said that doctors have been left to use surgical masks as PPE. But he expressed concerns about how good they are at protecting staff from infection.

This comes just days after The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) announced results from its app which collates anonymous testimonials of frontline NHS staff struggling during the pandemic.

DAUK said that over 500 reports were received on Sunday from 193 trusts and GP practices.

The data found: Their data found that 43% of doctors do not have any eye protection, some 72% do not have access to FFP3 (respirator) masks and 77% are without access to long sleeve gowns.

It also found some 60% have not been fit tested for masks.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted there have been “challenges” with the supply of personal protective equipment to the NHS.