Coronavirus: Continuing issues with protective kit for NHS, says minister - (BBC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Wales' health minister Vaughan Gething said that there was a "significant push" to provide more personal protective equipment (PPE) to medical staff dealing with the coronavirus crisis, despite "continuing issues" around the supply of PPE, BBC News reported on Wednesday.

  • He noted that equipment from the pandemic stockpile has been released to the NHS, adding that stocks of PPE had also been released to GP surgeries and pharmacies across Wales.

  • The first minister Mark Drakeford has said there was enough equipment for everyone in the health service who needs it.

  • However, Gething said the "re-supply timeframe in respect of some of our PPE is uncertain," and "we must, therefore, use the stock we have efficiently and appropriately until resupplies become more certain."

  • Gething added that he was seeking to increase the number of ventilators in the Welsh NHS "all the time," adding that there were 700 "physically available" and potentially around 1000 being acquired soon.

  • "There are just under 300 already on order," he said, adding that "there are another 700 we will get in the near-ish future through the UK-wide arrangements that are being made."

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