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NHS staff not being properly protected, warns Jeremy Hunt

There are worrying gaps in the amount of protective equipment needed to protect NHS staff during the coronavirus outbreak, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned.

Hunt, who now chairs the Health Select Committee, indicated on BBC Newsnight that not all NHS staff are getting the protection they need.

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“As of today there are big gaps,” Hunt said.

“I think it is totally wrong that doctors and nurses who are putting themselves in harm’s way – and you’ve seen the heartbreaking scenes in Italy – doctors do die on the frontline when dealing with this epidemic. They have a right to have the proper protective equipment and there are too many gaps at the moment.”

Speaking on Channel 4 last week, Dr Jenny Vaughan of the Doctors’ Association made clear the risks facing NHS staff – calling on the government to speed up coronavirus testing for health workers, and to get more protective equipment to the frontline.

It’s clear the government needs to act urgently.

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