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Warning: no clear plans for PPE

The UK government does not have a clear strategy to acquire and distribute the equipment needed to protect clinical and care workers in a second wave of coronavirus, parliament’s spending watchdog has warned. Read more here

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Worldwide demand for PPE soars

Fragile supply chains and wary hospitals continue to push some workers to wear N95 masks and and gowns for up to a week – read the full report in the Guardian

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Lack of PPE in care homes cost lives

A new report from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Thousands claims thousands of people lost their lives “prematurely” because care homes in England lacked the protective equipment and financial resources to cope with the coronavirus outbreak, according to council care bosses.

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Call for judicial review over Govt’s effort to provide PPE

Legal proceedings to be brought against the Government by the Doctors’ Association UK, the Good Law Project the charity Hourglass, which campaigns on issues involving care homes as reported in the Guardian

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Demand for PPE set to balloon as lockdown eases

As people start to return to work, demand for masks and gloves is set to double – putting further pressure on access to PPE for carers

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Care homes at risk from rising costs of PPE

The rising costs of staff and PPE are cited in a survey conducted by the BBC as putting hundreds of care homes at risk of closing.

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Charity raises concerns over lack of PPE for home care workers

As vulnerable people are being asked to shield indoors, it is the job of thousands of home carers across the country to go inside their homes and help. However, there are claims that some home care workers aren’t being provided with the protective equipment they need to keep themselves and the people they support safe. […]

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Unpaid carers: 70% doing more and over half are worried they’ll burn out

A recent survey by Carers UK found that Covid means many unpaid carers are having to juggle their caring a lot more – and it’s leading to worries about finances and their own health. Kit 4 Carers wants to provide free PPE to all community carers, and to the people they care for.

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Birmingham Council sent PPE six years out of date

Birmingham City Council said it received a delivery in April of about 4,000 masks with 2014 use-by dates. The authority claims a further supply was sent to it with plain stickers covering the 2014 date with a 2019 one. Further evidence of the need to source new, good quality PPE for community workers.

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Social care workers twice as likely to die from C-19

People working in social care in England and Wales have been twice as likely to die with Coronavirus as the general working-age population, Office for National Statistics figures show. All the more urgency to get them the right protective gear – fast.