GPs unable to get hold of coronavirus PPE as NHS England says it will not supply it

21 February 2020 – Pulse Today

The BMA wants NHS England to supply PPE to GP surgeries amid reports that the equipment is in short supply. Some UK suppliers are setting up helplines to cope with the high demand.

Current guidelines from NHS England state that GP surgeries do not need specialist PPE and according to NHS England, the guidelines come as a result of in-depth consultations with infection prevention specialists but they have been causing confusion and anger in the GP community.

NHS England told Pulse that GPs should not be dealing with coronavirus cases and so coronavirus PPE is not needed.

NHS England has also denied the BMA’s request for a national suspension of online booking of appointments due to the risk of patients attending without triage. A number of GP practices across the country have defied the national stance.

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