Free PPE support to health and social care providers during the COVID pandemic has been extended until March 2022.
The government confirmed the decision yesterday with the extension of the current system meaning providers can order and receive PPE and maintain a high level of sustainability and resilience of supply.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “The Government is extending the provision of free PPE for all health, social care and public sector workers, until the end of March 2022.
“Following the previous announcement of free PPE provision to health, social care and public sector workers until June 2021, the scheme will now be extended, as the expectation of clinical experts is that usage will remain high throughout the next financial year.
“Ensuring the future of additional free PPE will support the roadmap out of lockdown, whilst the vaccine programme continues to reach more people.”
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “PPE is one of the main barriers in a care setting to limiting the spread of COIVD-19 thus Care England is pleased that the government has listened to its pleas for an extension to free PPE as it will help protect some of society’s most vulnerable as well as our staff at the frontline.
“PPE also plays a critical role in the wider COVID-19 response, such as enabling visiting to care homes. We do not know what the winter this year will bring but free, rigorously tested PPE gives providers a chance to be prepared.”
Guidance on how to order PPE can be found here.