UK shipment of PPE from Turkey ‘useless’ – reports
400,000 gowns ordered by the UK Government from Turkey are ‘useless’ and fall short of UK standards, according to newspaper reports.
The much-heralded shipment, spoken about regularly in government press briefings, was picked up by the RAF on a specially chartered flight last month. Its arrival was delayed after it emerged the government forgot to check whether the supplier had an export licence. Now the Daily Mail and other UK newspapers report much of the 84 tonne shipment is laying abandoned in a warehouse after health and safety inspectors branded the gowns as ‘useless’.
The chairman of a body that represents NHS procurement managers is demanding to know why adequate checks were not carried out. Mark Roscrow of the Health Care Supplies Association told the Telegraph: “It’s not clear to me why we weren’t able to obtain samples in the usual way, and to see that these gowns weren’t fit for purpose.
“We are being told that the people in charge know how to secure this vital equipment on our behalf, but the checks and balances clearly haven’t been applied correctly. This equipment is still desperately needed at the front line, especially as hospitals begin to reopen other services which also require high quality PPE.”
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