Healthcare providers in Jersey should have taken responsibility for their own protective equipment, according to the Health Minister.
In a statement, Deputy Richard Renouf acknowledged the difficulty in sourcing appropriate levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) - such as masks, aprons, gloves and scrubs - but added that the government is not the only supplier on-island.
His comments come after several care homes and other providers told ITV News that they do not have enough protection. They have been reassured, though, that a significant order of equipment is on its way, and is expected to arrive this weekend.
Yesterday, Deputy Renouf announced that testing for Covid-19 in Jersey could begin in the next couple of days, and that testing front line health care workers will be a priority.
The equipment would usually be ordered by individual care homes, but many say they now need more, and higher quality - and as this is an unprecedented global crisis, the government should help.
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