British doctors are desperate about the continuing shortage of protective equipment against the corona virus. There is still an acute shortage of mouth masks, gloves and other protective equipment. So says the chairman of the British Medical Association, the British Medical Association, to Sky News.
“The government knows about it,” said President Nagpaul. “We’ve warned them. We’ve heard from doctors across the country that there is a shortage of protective equipment. And a survey of ours shows that 51 percent of doctors don’t feel heard and supported by the government.”
At the start of the pandemic, the government said that the government gave assurance that there were enough resources in stock.
“And we thought we were well taken care of. But afterwards we heard that things were not going well, that there were too few things. Now we don’t have them and we don’t get any information. Doctors have to work every day, without knowing whether the protective equipment is there. We are talking about things that save the lives of doctors and patients. “
Today, a large consignment of supplies would arrive in the UK from Turkey, including 400,000 protective jackets. Sky News reports that at least that delivery will not arrive today, the reason is unknown. However, an airplane from China has arrived in Scotland with 10 million face masks.
The doctors’ cry for help is not an isolated one. The British government is increasingly criticized for measures taken to fight the corona virus. In a reconstruction, the British newspaper The Sunday Times writes that, in the early stages of the crisis, the government did too little to prepare.
For example, in February the United Kingdom imported only a small amount of protective equipment, while 279,000 mouth masks, gloves and other equipment have now been exported to China.
The government was also mainly concerned with the departure from the European Union, the first talks about a trade agreement and the preparations for a possible no-deal. The British trade association already offered help with importing protective equipment in February, but that offer was only cancelled Accepted April 1.
Prime Minister Johnson is also under attack in the newspaper. He is said to have missed five crisis meetings of his cabinet about the virus outbreak. An anonymous source says that Johnson “did not work on weekends” and was unaware of the seriousness of the situation.
British minister Gove dismisses the allegations. He disputes that Johnson was absent from the crisis talks and calls the charges grotesque. “The prime minister has made all important decisions.” According to Gove, Johnson is working heart and soul to contain the corona virus.
The United Kingdom has over 15,000 corona deaths. Over 115,000 cases of infection have been identified. Johnson himself became infected and was in intensive care for several days. He is out of the hospital but still needs time to recover.