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Almost half of doctors forced to buy own PPE or rely on donations

ALMOST half of doctors have bought their own protective protective equipment (PPE) or relied on donations from charities and firms, according to the biggest survey of front-line staff during the crisis. 

The British Medical Association (BMA) said its survey response from 16,000 doctors published today was a “damning indictment of the government’s abject failure” to supply front-line staff with life-saving protective wear. 

It revealed that 48 per cent of doctors surveyed had directly purchased PPE for themselves or their department or had received donations from a charity or local firm. 

Almost a third (30 per cent) of doctors in England admitted that they had not spoken out about PPE, staff, testing or drug shortages at work because they didn’t think their concerns would be addressed.

In a statement, the government parroted that it was “working around the clock to ensure PPE is delivered” to healthcare staff.

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