Armed Forces to help deliver PPE to frontline NHS staff

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The letter, signed by 3,963 frontline NHS staff, said many medical workers are "putting their lives on the line every day" by treating infected patients without appropriate protection.

Britain sent in the army to deliver protective equipment to hospitals on Monday and told people to stay at home and heed warnings over social distancing or the government would bring in more extreme measures to stop the coronavirus spread.

Concerns over shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline NHS staff are looking to be alleviated as the Armed Forces will begin assisting in delivering the vital preventative equipment to health workers battling the coronavirus outbreak.

There was now enough supply of PPE available, added the statement; however, he acknowledged that there could be challenges in the future resulting from an unprecedented global demand surge.

However, there have been complaints from frontline medical staff about shortages of kit, saying they did not feel safe at work.

"We want to see action immediately", the letter in The Sunday Times said, adding that it was very upsetting to hear healthcare professionals say they felt like "cannon fodder".

"What our doctors are telling us is that although equipment is arriving, some of it is inadequate, some of it doesn't meet the World Health Organisation guidance".


Medical staff had vocally raised the issue of PPE supplies over the weekend, with nearly 4,000 NHS workers signing a Sunday Times letter calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to protect frontline staff's lives by resolving the "unacceptable shortage of protective equipment".

The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has reported that some of the most seriously ill United Kingdom patients include healthy ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialists who ended up on life support after being infected by normal contact with patients.

Hancock admitted to the BBC that there had been "challenges" and said that the authorities were trying to "solve" those problems.

"We are taking urgent action to ensure dedicated frontline NHS and social care staff - who are working tirelessly to tackle this outbreak - feel supported".

The area has been overwhelmed with visitors", he said.The government warned that Britain would face a shutdown with curfews and travel restrictions if people continued to flout the advice."Well, we're perfectly prepared to do that if we need to because the objective here is really clear which is to stop the spread of the virus.

"By working with our partners, we are now seeing an increase in capacity and a more responsive supply chain to help us weather the coronavirus epidemic".

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