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Majority of GPs do not have sufficient coronavirus protective equipment

Two out of five GPs have still not received any personal protective equipment (PPE) against coronavirus, a Pulse survey suggests.

The poll of over 400 GPs saw 41% of respondents say they have not received any PPE, while a further 32% said they had not received enough. Just 15% of GPs said they have sufficient PPE, with the remainder unsure.

This comes despite NHS England promising last week that it would ship PPE free of charge to practices.

The Welsh Government made the same announcement this week, while in Scotland health boards should be distributing PPE.

A GP who has received no proper equipment, Dr Kate Digby, in Cirencester, said she feels "woefully underprepared".

She told Pulse: "I'm becoming increasingly concerned at the lack of resources being provided for frontline primary care".

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Source: Pulse, 2 March 2020


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