NHS: Protective Clothing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd August 2020.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury), Acting Leader, Liberal Democrats, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Social Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) amount and (b) value of personal protective equipment has been received by the NHS from (i) foreign governments, (ii) donations from the public and (iii) UK businesses in 2020.

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

Eighty-seven PPE donations have been received from foreign governments, businesses and members of the public since 13 April 2020, this amounts to a total of 53,221,078 items of PPE (as of 27 June). The value of these donations is estimated to be £27,307,664.

UK businesses and members of the public have received one hundred and eighty-six PPE donations since 13 April 2020, this amounts to a total of 32,011,472 items of PPE (as of 27 June). These value of this is estimated to be £33,688,871.

To note: further to your previous question, the number seems low as it is for the previous financial year, and several of the purchases in February/March will not be reported until the end of the next financial year. I’ve fact checked the numbers with the team, and they’ve confirmed they are correct for this period.

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