NHS and Social Services: Protective Clothing

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that all NHS and Social Care staff are provided with the PPE they require for the next phase of the covid-19 outbreak and continue with current infection control measures.

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

We are ensuring many millions of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) items reach those on the frontline through the PPE portal. The order limits on the portal have increased so that primary and social care providers will be able to meet their PPE needs, free of charge until the end of March 2022.

To further build resilience, we have significantly increased manufacturing, signing contracts for almost 3.9 billion items of PPE with over 30 United Kingdom based companies.

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