The Telegraph: Almost half of Britain’s doctors have had to buy their own PPE


Almost half of doctors have had to purchase their own personal protective equipment (PPE) or use supplies donated by charities or local firms, according to the biggest survey yet of medics on the Covid-19 front line.

A British Medical Association survey of 16,343 members found that 48 per cent had bought PPE items themselves or received an “external donation … due to non-availability of official NHS procurement supplies” – including more than one in three hospital doctors. The doctors’ union said the figures called into question how the Government could be “anywhere near” meeting two of five tests that Boris Johnson said would have to be met before any easing of the lockdown measures. The tests were restated by Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer, at the Government’s daily press conference on Sunday….

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