Question Time: NHS staff deprived of ‘coronavirus armour’ in ‘national scandal’
Source: Mirror UK
Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, slammed the Government for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, saying it ‘wasted’ February in its response to the disease
The Government has been slammed for depriving NHS workers of the ‘armour’ they need to fight coronavirus
Richard Horton, editor of the medical journal The Lancet, described the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a ‘national scandal’.
Mr Horton said the Government had ‘wasted’ February in its response to the outbreak, during BBC Question Time tonight.
He added: “It’s a national scandal. We shouldn’t be in this position.
“We are putting our health workers, who we have all just clapped here, in the front lines without the armour they need to defend themselves.
“The hypocrisy of clapping NHS workers and yet the Government not supporting them in going into that frontline is tragic and it was preventable.”
Mr Horton said NHS employees were wearing surgical masks and thin plastic aprons which did not meet World Health Organization standards.
He added that they were also relying on rubber gloves which cut off at the wrists, leaving their arms exposed.
“We knew in the last week of January that this was coming,” he said.
“We wasted February when we could have acted. Time when we could ramped up testing, time when we could have got got PPE ready and disseminated. We didn’t do it.”
The editor, also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, said the Government was exposing health workers to danger.
Mr Horton’s rant was well-received on social media, with many praising him for sticking up for NHS workers