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Coronavirus: Minister admits IPR “problems and challenges”

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Doctors in some areas expressed concern about the supply of personal protective equipment

There have been “localized challenges and problems” with personal protective equipment for the staff of the National Health Service of Wales, said the health minister.

Vaughan Gething said “there has been a significant effort to get even more items” to the frontline staff.

He told BBC Politics Wales that 3.4 million items of PPE had been distributed and that more deliveries to hospitals and councils would be made.

A doctor said general practitioners in parts of Wales have purchased their PPE.

Gething said that a “significant” amount of equipment has already been sent, like 600,000 extra masks for respirators.

The medical mark issues unacceptable PPE

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The BMA claimed that some of the eye masks that the GPs received were “completely inadequate”

General practitioners in some parts of Wales have to buy their own PPE, with some even asking schools to do it with 3D printers, according to a doctor who practices in the health area of ​​Aneurin Bevan, one of the most affected areas. of the United Kingdom.

And doctors often had “no other choice” than to wear PPE more than once, which the family doctor, who wishes to remain anonymous, called “dangerous” and “unacceptable”.

The Anaurin Bevan University Health Board was asked to comment.

“There remains a great concern within general practice for the supply of adequate PPE,” said the GP, adding that the current guidelines have been “rejected globally” by the GPs who “supplied our PPE with our funds. “.

The doctor continued, “DIY stores generally ran out of face masks, which forced us to contact local builders and construction companies to supply FFP3 filtered masks.

“Doctors also had to get their own protective visors and this included contacting local companies and even schools to make them use 3D printers.”

The doctor continued to say problems with the provision of PPE and an increasing number of patients with Covid-19 suspicion meant “general practitioners are forced to wear disposable PPE on more than one occasion.”

“This is dangerous and completely unacceptable, but we have no choice while trying to protect ourselves, our families and our patients.”

Gething said: “We have distributed a significant amount of IPR to frontline staff, but I know there are localized challenges and problems and it is not surprising that people want to talk about it.”

A “quick review” of UK guidelines on when NHS staff should use IPR articles has been announced.

In a Saturday statement that responded to the review, the Wales Medical Director, Dr. Frank Atherton said that “it is essential that those who need PPE have access to it, but we should not use it unnecessarily to avoid waste and to ensure that there is sufficient supplies as the coronavirus pandemic progresses.”

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said: “The conversations I make on a daily basis, the messages I receive from people on the front lines in the health and care sectors, is that they are not getting PPE of sufficient quality, the right type and in sufficient numbers “.

Dr David Bailey, president of the BMA’s Welsh Council – representing doctors – previously called on the Welsh government to “find a reliable way to substantially increase the production and distribution of PPE and ensure that what is supplied is appropriate”.

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