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Investigation launched into death of doctor who asked for proper PPE

A HOSPITAL has launched a serious-incident investigation into the death of a doctor from Covid-19 three weeks after he had pleaded for proper protective wear. 

Peter Tun, 62, had complained to managers at the Royal Berkshire Hospital about a lack of surgical masks before he died on April 13 from the virus. 

His son Michael told the BBC earlier this week that emails he’d seen showed managers had decided not to send PPE because there had not been a confirmed case of Covid-19 on the ward. 

Michael claimed his father’s death was “probably avoidable” with proper protective wear.

A Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust spokesman confirmed today that an investigation had been launched, which involved senior managers and clinicians. 

It follows reports by the Guardian on Wednesday evening that coroners have been advised not to consider PPE shortages when holding inquests into coronavirus deaths among NHS workers.  

Labour warned the advice from chief coroner for England and Wales, Mark Lucraft, could limit the remit of investigations into the impact of shortages on frontline staff who have died from Covid-19.


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