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COVID-19: Supply of Personal Protective Equipment


Personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital for preventing and controlling the spread of infection in health and care settings.  It needs to be readily available, effective and supported by clear guidance covering the circumstances of its use.

This inquiry, which continues the NAO and PAC’s work on the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, will examine the preparedness and response in the supply of PPE in England, including the scale of and reasons for shortfalls in supply.

It will cover:        

  • How PPE was supplied to NHS and social care organisations before the COVID-19 pandemic started 
  • What government did, between the pandemic emerging in other countries and arriving in the UK, to prepare for the provision of PPE in the NHS and social care organisations  
  • How government responded when problems arose in the supply of PPE  
  • The scale of problems in the availability of PPE throughout the emergency 

The Committee will question senior officials at the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England. If you have evidence on these questions please submit it here before 6.00pm Monday 7 December.

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  • Phone: 020 7219 3273 (General enquiries). For all media inquiries please contact Jessica Bridges Palmer / 07917488489
  • Address: Public Accounts Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA