Health Workers Concerns over Lack of PPE from Welsh Assembly Government



1,000 healthcare workers have signed an open letter to the Welsh Assembly Government calling on them to take "urgent steps" to address a lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


Despite Health Minister Vaughan Gething announcing that more supplies of PPE are to be made available for frontline health and social care workers, the BMA Cymru Wales have said that "the reality is that doctors on the frontline are experiencing shortages and many are extremely anxious over the adequacy of the equipment currently being provided."


BMA's Chair of Welsh Council stated that "BMA Cymru Wales is becoming increasingly concerned at the number of reports coming in from the frontline that staff are being told to ration supplies and see patients with little or no personal protection. Many GPs are opting to source their own PPE from DIY stores due to concerns regarding the reliability of what they have been sent. We’ve heard from GPs who feel they are putting themselves at risk because the eye masks which have been delivered to surgeries do not cover their eyes appropriately."


This is an addition to the Welsh Assembly Government's failure to compile a register of those most at risk from COVID-19 in Wales.


The Welsh Assembly Government is totally out of kilter with best practice in the rest of the UK. They are failing to protect both frontline staff and the most vulnerable in Wales.


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