Department of Health confirmed to SKWAWKBOX that it claims to have delivered masks, not that it plans to deliver – yet frontline staff say no way and video evidence supports them
Furious NHS staff are dismissing the Tory government’s claims to have delivered 170 million FFP3 face-masks to NHS staff on the front line of the fight against coronavirus.
And within minutes of the government’s claim, video evidence supported the staff’s angry rejection of the government’s boast.
The Department of Health confirmed that Robert Jenrick’s claimed deliveries did mean deliveries actually completed – during the last two weeks.
The Department also said that all the masks are FFP3 standard – the highest protection available. The World Health Organisation recommends a minimum of FFP2 grade and preferably FFP3.
Yet minutes after Jenrick’s claim during the government’s televised afternoon press conference, staff were shown wearing simple ‘surgical’ face-masks – which provide minimal protection against coronavirus protection.
Even staff taking samples from those with suspected infection:
Medical staff also appeared on TV to confirm that they and their teams are still without the right kind of protective equipment – and in some cases without any at all.
Jenrick also claimed to have delivered “42.8 million gloves” – not the usual ‘pairs of gloves’.
Since NHS staff will need to change gloves far more often than masks, the smaller number of gloves is curious.
But the Department of Health was not able to confirm whether Jenrick meant ‘pairs of gloves’ – or was stating the number of individual gloves to make the total delivered seem larger.
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