NHS: Protective Clothing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th November 2020.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to publish a plan to ensure that the NHS is able to receive sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment for use in winter 2020-21 as recommended by the Public Accounts Committee in July 2020.

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

‘Personal protective equipment (PPE) strategy: stabilise and build resilience’, published on 28 September, sets out how the Government has moved beyond the emergency COVID-19 response by stabilising the supply for PPE and build resilience. It also includes details about how Government is preparing for and managing the ongoing response to the pandemic alongside the usual seasonal pressures. We are confident we have secured enough supply for this winter period and that we have the processes and logistics in place to distribute PPE to where it is needed. The strategy is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-protective-equipment-ppe-strategy-stabilise-and-build-resilience

We have around 32 billion PPE items on order and this month we will have a four month stockpile of all COVID-19-critical PPE in place, with a tremendous contribution from United Kingdom manufacturers.

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