Coronavirus UK: Home Secretary 'sorry if people feel there have been failings' on PPE

Coronavirus UK: Home Secretary 'sorry if people feel there have been failings' on PPE

United Kingdom: Home Secretary Priti Patel said, "I'm sorry if people feel that personal protective equipment has failed," as the number of Covid-19 patients who died in UK hospitals increased by 917. 

At the daily Covid-19 press conference in Downing Street on Saturday, the Home Secretary, who had been questioned twice by a reporter, turned a direct apology on the shortage of the PPE to the employees of the NHS. Elsewhere, the police handed out just over 1,000 fines under new coronavirus laws, it emerged today. 

This comes after Mr Hancock reported a total of 19 NHS staff died from suspected coronavirus, while the death rate for patients in the United Kingdom increased to 9,875.

Dame Donna said that, “I don’t think any nurse is going to accept the apology because we don’t understand why anybody would be intimating that nurses are using a precious resource irresponsibly,” 

“What we will want to see is that we are getting the kit, we are getting PPE out there and we are able to use it in caring for the patients,” Dame Donna added.

And Royal College of Nursing's general secretary, Dame Donna Kinnair, said the remarks would not quench the frustration of nurses over health secretary Matt Hancock's claim that shortages were caused by overuse of PPE by health staff, rather than viewing it as a "precious resource" 

Home Secretary Patel's statements came just hours after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that 19 health care employees passed away from coronavirus during the pandemic, and as senior doctors said that the failure to provide PPE was a "shocking indictment" of the administration policy.

Image: UK Home Secretary Priti Patel