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Doctors and lawyers seek inquiry into government failures to provide PPE

DOCTORS and lawyers called today for an immediate inquiry into the government’s failure to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) to front-line healthcare staff.

Every coronavirus death of a healthcare worker should be subject to an inquest that examines whether lack of PPE played a part, the the Doctors’ Association UK and the Good Law Project said.

The professional bodies have listed “recurrent and systemic” failures in PPE procurement and its supply by the government.

“It is a tragedy that nearly 200 healthcare workers in the UK have died due to Covid-19,” said a spokesperson for the Doctors’ Association.

“Every healthcare worker death from Covid-19 must be investigated — the issue of PPE has to be considered as part of that.

“Until we establish all the factors involved, we feel that inquests must be opened.”

The doctors and lawyers are also seeking legal means to force Health Secretary Matt Hancock to order an investigation into healthcare deaths.

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