DAUK in The Telegraph: Doctors launch legal challenge over Government’s PPE ‘failures’

Dr Rinesh Parmar, chairman of the Doctors' Association UK, said: "We have seen over the last few weeks that the UK has one of the highest death rates from Covid-19 in the world.

"Health and social care workers rose to the challenge, returned to the frontline from retirement and pulled out all the stops to save lives.

"Some had no PPE, others had inadequate, out of date perishing supplies.

"Alongside caring for patients, we've cared for colleagues and also faced the sad and grim reality of losing colleagues, who themselves were caring for patients.

"Now is the time to learn key lessons to enable us to avoid future pitfalls, protect the frontline and ultimately save lives.

"Our calls for a public inquiry and our petition of nearly 120,000 signatures have all fallen on deaf ears as the Government buries its head in the sand and steadfastly refuses to commit to the learning required to prevent further tragedies."

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DAUK in Telegraph: Inquests into the deaths of NHS Workers must look at look at PPE provision

"Inquests into the deaths of NHS workers from coronavirus should not examine systemic failures in the provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), the Chief Coroner has warned."

"Rinesh Parmar, the chair of the Doctors Association UK, said the issue of whether a lack of PPE contributed to some of the deaths would be an essential part of the inquest process."

"He said: "The provision of PPE is so vital to the safety of health workers that to suggest coroners do not consider its supply in detail misses a big part of the picture. Only comprehensive inquests into the deaths of every NHS and care worker will give the bereaved the ability to ask questions and have the circumstances of their loved ones’ deaths fully explained."

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