Britain brings in army to get protective kit to health workers

Grant Boone
March 26, 2020

Britain's armed forces will help manage and distribute protective equipment to frontline National Health Service staff battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Britain sent in the army to deliver protective equipment to hospitals on Monday and told people to stay at home and heed warnings over social distancing or the government would bring in more extreme measures to stop the coronavirus spread.

His comments came after a letter in the Sunday Times from nearly 4,000 NHS workers called on the Prime Minister to "protect the lives of the life-savers" and resolve the "unacceptable" shortage of protective equipment.

Amid fears over NHS staff shortages, the head of the Doctors' Association UK said existing staff may feel forced to leave because they do not have adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely treat Covid-19 patients.

The distribution and delivery of thousands of items of private protective equipment (PPE) along with masks will now be executed by the military who will drive trucks 24/7., well being minister Matt Hancock stated in an announcement.

"Front-line doctors have been telling us for weeks that they do not feel safe at work", the letter said.

Mr Hancock added: "In the face of this unprecedented global emergency, never has the need to bolster our workforce and arm them with the vital tools they need to save lives been more crucial".

NHS England has said the military will "play its part" starting this week, providing personnel to "help manage and unload supplies in busy NHS environments" and distribute PPE supplies to the line. forehead.

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"There have been challenges and I can see that".

Hancock admitted to the BBC that there had been "challenges" and said that the authorities have been trying to "solve" these issues.

"The NHS is working closely with the government, NHS Supply Chain and industry to continue to secure additional supplies", the authorities said in a statement.

"We are taking urgent action to ensure dedicated frontline NHS and social care staff - who are working tirelessly to tackle this outbreak - feel supported".

"There is a huge logistical operation on because of the nature and the scale of the NHS and the sheer quantity of masks that are rightly being used".

Emily Lawson, chief commercial officer for the NHS, said: "We need massively increased, urgent volume of these supplies to the frontline in this exceptional set of circumstances".

"By working with our partners, we are now seeing an increase in capacity and a more responsive supply chain to help us weather the coronavirus epidemic. We are extremely grateful for the Army's support in doing so".

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