Responding to the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) survey on PPE supplies, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“The PPE issue has not been resolved, although our members are reporting improvements in supplies reaching the front line. But confidence remains an issue and it is incumbent on government to provide accurate and measured statements about supply and how it can be improved.
“There are also significant PPE supply issues in care homes, and in some GP and community services. It is unacceptable that any frontline staff should have to work with fear and uncertainty about the equipment they’ll receive.
“We always need to be cautious in interpreting survey results based on self-selecting samples but we know there are still issues to resolve on PPE. And with more NHS services about to resume, this will bring a further demand for PPE in the healthcare system.
“Our members continue to identify that key health and care workers face barriers to accessing testing themselves. It is so important that the Government continues to engage with health leaders on agreeing suitable and easily accessible sites for NHS and social care workers to get tested.”