UK medical staff ‘at risk’ over lack of protective gear

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UK medical staff say they are being put at risk during the coronavirus outbreak because of a lack of protective gear.

One NHS doctor told the BBC that frontline healthcare workers felt like “cannon fodder” due to inadequate supplies of vital equipment such as face masks.

Dr Frances Mair told Newsnight her GP practice in Scotland and “many others” did not have the personal protective equipment needed “to keep us safe”.

“It’s very disheartening when you hear of colleagues talking about the way that they feel they are like cannon fodder, sent out to die.”

Dr Nishant Joshi, who works in A&E at Luton and Dunstable general hospital, said staff were at “grave risk”.

“We’re fighting an invisible enemy, blindfolded, with both hands tied behind our backs,” he told Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK had “stockpiles” of equipment ready to be used.