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Covid-19: GPs call for same personal protective equipment as hospital doctors

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m1055 (Published 13 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1055

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  1. Abi Rimmer
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GPs have called for practices to be given the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and staff from covid-19.

Speaking to The BMJ, Fay Wilson, medical director of the Badger out-of-hours cooperative, which covers Birmingham and Solihull, said that practices had received PPE but that it was not protective enough. She said that GPs should be receiving the same FFP3 respirator masks that were being issued to hospital staff.

“I would like to see a campaign for real PPE in general practice,” said Wilson. “We’ve been given what I call ‘cosmetic PPE,’ which is the pinny, the gloves, and the little surgical mask—like you get in a doctors and nurses kit for the …

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