DAUK in the BMJ: ‘Covid-19: NHS trusts deny restricting PPE during pandemic’

DAUK (working in partnership with Messly) logged >1500 reports nationally highlighting inadequate access to PPE; 220 reports frontline doctors being warned, threatened, disciplined, or made to feel bullied or unsupported for raising issues about PPE

COVID-related HCW death: 
Katie Sanderson (DAUK), “We know that the appalling death toll of 882 frontline health and social care workers will continue to rise if no action is taken. “The investigation of these deaths has been piecemeal and inconsistent.”

PHE guidelines on PPE: 
Jenny Vaughan, “We do not feel that the PPE currently mandated by Public Health England offers healthcare workers an acceptable level of protection, and we are calling for the guidance to be urgently revised to ensure that all staff exposed to covid-19 have access to high level respiratory protection.

“There is also a clear lottery among hospital trusts: some are defying Public Health England rules to give their staff the protection they deserve due to concerns about hospital spread of the virus.”

Read the full article here: https://www.bmj.com/content/372/bmj.n442?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_term=hootsuite&utm_content=sme&utm_campaign=usage