Protective Clothing: Imports

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 13th July 2020.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with Ministers of the Department of International Trade to help secure imports of (a) surgical gowns, (b) masks and (c) other essential personal protection equipment for (i) clinical staff and (ii) other key workers during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Lord Deighton is leading the Government effort to expand the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) from imports from overseas and improving domestic manufacturing capability.

We have set up a cross-Government PPE sourcing unit to secure new supply lines from across the world and we have published rigorous standards against which we will buy. Our teams across the world have ensured local sources are able to deliver the products required. The Department for International Trade has also stood up a global network to coordinate the PPE sourcing.

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