More than one million masks issued to NHS workers might not meet safety requirements, it has been revealed.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has requested hospital workers to cease utilizing a particular model of FFP3 masks – a respirator masks utilized by healthcare professionals to guard towards coronavirus – as it could not meet its important technical specification.
The division stated round 1.2 million of those high-grade masks had been distributed, which makes up round 4% of inventory held in frontline shops and about 1.7% of masks which can be used day-to-day.
Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow well being secretary, stated the incident was “yet another example of ministers buying duff PPE that is inadequate for protecting our hardworking NHS staff”.
In an alert printed on the Central Alerting System (Cas) on Thursday, the DHSC requested hospital workers to cease utilizing the masks branded Fang Tian and equipped by Polyco Healthline, a hygiene product producer.
It additionally urged healthcare suppliers to instantly quarantine any inventory of the product.
“Following information received from the NHS, we are also seeking to confirm the origin of manufacture,” it stated.
FFP3 masks have been beneficial as private protecting tools (PPE) for medical doctors and nurses who’re treating individuals with COVID-19.
Mr Ashworth added: “Ministers should apologise and ensure every penny for every piece of unusable PPE is recovered.”
A DHSC spokesperson stated: “The safety of frontline workers and sufferers is our absolute precedence and as a precaution we’ve got issued recommendation to well being and care suppliers to test to see if their inventory consists of this product, and to cease utilizing these masks pending additional investigation.
“We have a resilient provide of FFP3 masks to be sure that well being and social care workers have entry to the PPE they want.”
It comes because the British Medical Association known as on the federal government to present enhanced PPE for frontline workers following the surge of extra infectious variants of COVID-19.
Polyco Healthline has been approached for remark.