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Government rations PPE available to GPs from central inventory

GPs have been told they can only access one pack of PPE a week from the new central PPE portal set up by the Government.

NHS England has also stressed that the portal is only meant to 'supplement' PPE that practices themselves source via wholesale routes.

The portal, which is operated in cooperation with eBay, was finally launched at the end of May after being touted since April.

But today, NHS England said this 'central inventory' is only 'to supplement (not replace) the wholesale supply route that already operates.

The GP bulletin added: 'Current order limits mean GP practices can order one combined pack, containing 50 IIR masks, 200 aprons and 400 gloves (200 pairs), per week or up to this amount of separate items. These limits may change over time.'

NHS England further told GPs that 'orders through the portal should arrive within 48 hours if placed before 1pm', while 'orders placed after 1pm will be subject to an additional 24 hours'.

Pulse sister title Healthcare Leader previously reported that GP practices and care homes have been forced to buy PPE at heavily inflated prices, from profiteering businesses purchasing in bulk from suppliers.

Pulse also reported that GP practices looking to source emergency PPE using NHS England’s helpline were turned away and advised to buy their own.


Readers' comments (5)

  • Well I'm not commissioned to swab so that will be a no to NHS directing I do that in practice (as well as hot hubs) .

    This dump on GP world is over. Take your never ending Unilateral contract changes and do one.

    DESs / PCNs / shielding / PPE / swabbing / CQC / NHSE / appraisal / revalidation etc.

    How do I do 9 clinical sessions a week with this nonsense going on?
    I need to reexamine my life.

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  • Typically tardy NHSE one size fits all shifting goalpost approach.

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  • no PPE no see. its NHSE responsibility to provide a safe working environment and not put its staff and patients at risk when it enforced a covid lockdown upon us. You can't make the rules and then abandon them when it costs too much. Either back off and let us do our own thing our way or pay for the changes you have demanded. You can't have it both ways. If in our way there is no money to pay for PPE then we don't see the patients F2F. its that simple. stop sacrificing NHS staff.

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  • gps are mainly self-employed

    staff are employed by gps?

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  • Hospitals get alcohol gel...and full debt clearance, primary care doesn't. Hand washing is by deduction not important if you want 'doors opened'...which any sensible GP wouldn't do without a triage, or randomer demanding to use the premises toilets.

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