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Birmingham doctor says more PPE is needed in general practices

By Cree-Summer Haughton @creesummerITV

Dr Francis Okoroh Credit: ITV News Central

A GP working at a surgery in Birmingham told ITV News Central that some medics are practicing without the desired PPE.

Dr Francis Okoroh who works in Handsworth said that doctors have been left to use surgical masks as PPE.

But he expressed concerns about how good they are at protecting staff from infection.

GPs have found themselves using technology such as video calls and telephone consultations as much as possible to alleviate the risk.

This comes just days after The Doctors' Association UK (DAUK) announced results from its app which collates anonymous testimonials of frontline NHS staff struggling during the pandemic.

DAUK said that over 500 reports were received on Sunday from 193 trusts and GP practices.

The data found: Their data found that 43% of doctors do not have any eye protection, some 72% do not have access to FFP3 (respirator) masks and 77% are without access to long sleeve gowns.

It also found some 60% have not been fit tested for masks.

“Increasing numbers of healthcare workers are dying from Covid-19 in the UK, including four doctors, and it is frankly disgraceful that frontline staff are still expected to work unprotected. We must protect doctors so they can protect patients.The Government must get a grip on this situation now and give us cast iron assurances that each and every single doctor can be guaranteed access to PPE and be properly protected against Covid-19.”

– Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Authority

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has admitted there have been “challenges” with the supply of personal protective equipment to the NHS.

Dr Francis Okoroh tells us about his experience as a GP.

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