To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he has taken to ensure that all hospitals are adequately supplied with personal protective equipment for (a) staff, (b) patients and (c) visitors.
Providing hospitals with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and protecting the general public from COVID-19 is the Government’s primary concern. Since 25 February we have delivered over 2.3 billion items of PPE across the health and social care system within England, plus tens of millions more will have been distributed by the devolved administrations.
Guidance on PPE for hospital staff, patients and visitors has been published online. Existing guidance covers the wearing of masks for use in clinical settings, both where COVID-19 is confirmed and where it may be present. Staff in non-clinical settings should wear surgical masks, either Type 1 or Type 2. Patient and visitors face coverings can be cloth and/or homemade. However, where applicable, visitors to high risk COVID-19 areas of the hospital or visitors of patients with confirmed COVID-19 must wear appropriate PPE as per the current infection prevention and control guidance.