Dismayed at Government's handling of PPE, Lynn News letters
The World Health Organisation guidelines published on 19th March are clear. They state that “healthcare workers providing direct care to COVID19 patients” should have, medical mask, gown, gloves, eye protection (goggles or face shield).
This is the minimum PPE that frontline NHS workers should have. Those in higher risk situations, eg intensive care, should have more extensive protection. The Government says that they are taking action. But even the latest GOV.UK guidelines released last week, still do not meet WHO standards, particularly with regard to gowns.
Health secretary Matt Hancock has spoken of the ‘Herculean’ PPE effort, but this is unfortunately not being felt by many frontline workers who remain inadequately protected. 38 per cent of users of the NHS PPE app reported having no eye protection at all.
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