Responding to the release of the Government’s PPE Strategy, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“The devil will be in the detail but health leaders will welcome that there is a national strategy for protecting their staff, one which hopefully avoids the chaotic and anxiety causing scenes experienced in the spring. Putting this strategy in place now therefore allows the system to be in a stronger place to fight the virus without staff worrying that they may be at additional risk.
"It’s encouraging to learn that domestic production of PPE is set to meet 70 per cent of expected demand from December. The added resilience of higher levels of domestic production provides greater reassurance following the failed promises of international shipments seen during the first peak. Domestic supply chains would have taken a lot of work to set up with local businesses innovating and coming together for the benefit of frontline NHS staff and their patients.
“The distribution and availability of PPE to primary care and social care during the first wave of the virus was a significant concern for members and we now have the clarity of free access to PPE stockpiles.
“It’s vitally important that stock gets to where it is needed in good time as we head towards what is expected to be a very challenging period particularly as unlike the first phase, the hope is that the NHS can continue to maintain as many services and routine procedures as possible. This is a much needed strategy but given the experience of the first peak, its success will be in its execution.”