Personal Protective Equipment

Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons on 11th June 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

What proportion of personal protective equipment procured by the Government during the covid-19 outbreak was manufactured by UK businesses.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister without Portfolio , Co-Chair, Conservative Party

The whole country is facing an unprecedented crisis, and British businesses have risen to the challenge with offers of help. Businesses across the UK have stepped up to provide PPE including aprons, face masks, visors and gowns. We have now signed contracts to manufacture over 2 billion items of PPE through UK-based manufacturers, and we have already taken delivery of products from new certified UK manufacturers.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

There is no doubt that the devastating consequences of covid-19 were exacerbated because the Government allowed stockpiles of PPE to be run down and were too slow to anticipate the level of need that there would be. Given that in a worldwide pandemic there will inevitably be worldwide demand for PPE, do the Government now accept that it was a mistake to place so much reliance on overseas investors?

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister without Portfolio , Co-Chair, Conservative Party

The Government have been working around the clock to get frontline NHS and care workers the equipment that they need to do their jobs safely and to save lives. Since the start of the outbreak, we have delivered over 1.7 billion items of PPE across the health and social care system within England. Plus, tens of millions of items have been distributed to the devolved Administrations. We will continue to pursue every possible domestic and international option for PPE procurement.