Wakefield MP assures NHS Trust there are 'sufficient' amounts of PPE

Wakefield’s MP has reassured hospital bosses that there is no shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Friday, 17th April 2020, 1:26 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 1:27 pm

It comes after The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury Hospitals, said they had “major concerns” about a shortage of gowns.

Speaking on Tuesday, Martin Barkley, said: “The shortage of long-sleeved disposable gowns has been a major concern at the Trust for almost a week.

“We are unsure when our next delivery will be, and this creates a very stressful situation for our staff.”

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Wakefields MP has reassured hospital bosses that there is no shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper has also told the Express that she has heard reports of a shortage of PPE at Mid Yorkshire Hosiptals.

But Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad-Khan has now said he is confident there is “enough equipment to go around."

He said: “I spoke directly and wrote to members of Matt Hancock’s team and spoke to NHS Provisioning in Newcastle.

“It is true to say that stocks nationally are low, however I am reassured that there is enough equipment to go around.

“During this national emergency, the systems for provision have wisely been changed.

“So, no longer are vast stocks deposited at each hospital, infrequently. But sufficient numbers are now regularly re-supplied.

“This Just in Time system is to the ensure that we do not have large stocks of equipment sitting unused in one hospital, whilst another hospital is struggling with a shortage of that same item.”