Potential suppliers of personal protective equipment to the NHS have written an open letter to the government pleading to know if ministers want their assistance or not during the coronavirus pandemic.
In the document, the signatories say they can “spring into action and help get millions of pieces of PPE” into the health service.
But they express their frustration at the lack of response to their offers of cooperation, as hospitals across the UK struggle to ensure their staff have access to adequate PPE.
Many hospital trusts have reported severe shortages of items such as masks and gowns.
The number of deaths among health and care workers from coronavirus has now surpassed 100.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government has distributed more than a billion items of PPE. Millions of items have been flown to the UK from places like China and Turkey.
Professor Neil Mortensen, president-elect of the Royal College of Surgeons, told Sky News he is surprised the availability of PPE is still not adequate.
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