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Coronavirus: Hancock admits ‘challenges’ over NHS equipment

The health secretary has acknowledged there have been "challenges" with the supply of personal protective equipment to NHS staff in England - but added he is determined to rise to them.

Last week, NHS staff said the lack of protective gear was putting them at risk during the coronavirus outbreak.

Matt Hancock said a million face masks had been bought over the weekend and he was taking the issue "very seriously".

From this week, the Army will play a part in helping to distribute supplies.

"I am determined to ensure that the right kit gets to the right hospital, the right ambulance service, the right doctors' surgery, right across the country," said Mr Hancock.

"There have been challenges and I can see that. We're on it and trying to solve all the problems."

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Source: BBC News, 23 March 2020


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