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Care homes facing closure due to PPE shortage, warns charity

Local councils are running out of protective equipment [PPE] to supply care homes, a charity has warned.

Leonard Cheshire, a disability charity, has said many of Local Resilience Forums are close to running out of supplies that are intended for social care providers.

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The charity claims that many local areas are now only able to supply 72 hours worth of equipment at one time, and that one council has warned it may have to close some care homes, because supplies are running so low.

This comes amid concerns about a nationwide deficit of PPE needed to protect frontline staff from coronavirus, with many NHS bosses sounding the alarm about this crisis.

Neil Heslop, CEO of Leonard Cheshire, said: “PPE is only being provided by Local Resilience Forums in relatively small volumes and in some cases supplies appear exhausted.

“It’s deeply worrying that such problems persist at this key stage, particularly with easing of lockdown measures widely trailed, and with such slow progress being made in suppressing spread of this deadly virus.”

Let’s hope supply chains improve.