CORONAVIRUS: Government provides update on plans to improve PPE access


The government has provided an update on moves to improve access to PPE equipment following reports of severe shortages at care homes across the country.

The plans to support access to PPE across the health and social care system were shared by the Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) yesterday.

A DHSC spokesperson said: “We appreciate the challenges providers many have experienced in obtaining PPE supplies over recent weeks. An increase in demand for both PPE and non-PPE products has put the supply chain to deliver such products under significant pressure.”

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The DHSC stressed the importance of following national guidance on the usage of PPE equipment to maximise stocks.

In order to address the capacity constraints within the NHS Supply Chain network, a ‘dedicated PPE channel’ has been set up by the DHSC, NHSE/I, NHS Supply Chain and the Army to improve the speed and reliability of delivery of these items and relieve pressure on the normal supply chain to deliver ‘business as usual’ products.

Until the Parallel Supply Chain is fully operational, the government said it was working to provide stock of PPE equipment to wholesalers and distributors for pharmacies, GPs, dentists, adult social care providers (such as care homes), and the third sector (such as hospices).

Secondly, the DHSC said it had mobilised the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR).

Providers who have an urgent requirement for PPE, which they are unable to secure through their business as usual channels, should contact the NSDR via the 24/7 helpline: 0800 915 9964 (Freephone number in the UK), and a Direct Line from overseas: 0191 283 6543.

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The author Lee Peart


  1. That’s great but I am a self employed private carer and so far most suppliers are either out of stock or have put up their prices considerably

  2. That’s great but I am a self employed private carer and so far most suppliers are either out of stock or have put up their prices considerably

  3. I am not a carer. I was looking for ppe advice to see if I could help the home where my mum lives to obtain ppe when I saw your message.
    I just wanted to let you know you can report significant price increases via ‘Which’ – not sure where on their website, but worth reporting if you feel it’s someone abusing the current crisis!!
    Hope you get sorted

  4. I believe Gov must give priority to Nursing home for their staff to be tested for COVID-19. . Care homes residents are more venerable to getting COVID-19, and carers may be the first one to transfer, since many a cares may have dad COVID-19 with out them showing symptoms, that being the case it would be very easy to transfer the virus to the elderly and frail residents at the care home.. I have notices that many care homes have not even issued face masks to their carers.

  5. Not my normal business but have access to PPE – surgical and FFP2 face masks (not FFP3) and pvc gloves directly from China. Prices have increased considerably – possible people taking advantage of supply situation but also material shortages and airfreight rates have risen dramatically due to shortrtage of capacity (few commercial flights)

  6. EMP-FFP-04 (FFP2 Folded Respirator KN95) (EN149) CE marked – Individually sealed pack – 1900 pcs in Stock to dispatch next day.
    EN14683 Type IIR 3-ply Surgical Disposable Mask (Blue Ear Loop) (non Sterile) CE FDA – 10 pcs sealed packed together for hygiene control. (5700 Pieces in stock to dispatch tomorrow)
    EM-02-PG Standard EN13795 Sterile Surgical Gown CE ISO FDA SGS – 15000 Qty (Already sold out) we will update it soon.

    **All UK stock, documents test reports everything available**

    Empire Medical UK (Official park of NHS Supply Chain) TOS2

    Feel free to contact us with your PPE enquiries.

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