Hospices: Protective Clothing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th May 2020.

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Photo of Jack Lopresti Jack Lopresti Conservative, Filton and Bradley Stoke

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure (a) Marie Curie, (b) Sue Ryder and (c) other hospice care groups have adequate supplies of personal protective equipment during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dr Caroline Johnson Dr Caroline Johnson Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will ensure that children’s hospices are able to procure personal protective equipment through push deliveries from the NHS Supply Chain.

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

We published a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan on 10 April, setting out clear guidance on who needs PPE and in what circumstances they need to use it, how sufficient supplies will be secured and distributed to the front line.

The Government recognises the vital services that hospices provide across the United Kingdom. Distribution routes for PPE are constantly reviewed to strengthen and expand capacity, and efforts are currently being undertaken to boost the service to hospices.

We have provided local resilience forums with supplies of PPE to help them respond to urgent local spikes in need across front-line services, including hospices.

The National Supply Disruption Response exists as an emergency escalation route who handle queries including the supply of PPE as a last resort.

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