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Covid-19: Third of surgeons do not have adequate PPE, royal college warns

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 14 April 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1492

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  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Over half of surgeons and trainees in the UK have experienced shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the past month, the Royal College of Surgeons of England has found.

Meanwhile, the BMA has warned that doctors are being forced into impossible situations because of dangerously low levels of PPE.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England conducted a survey on PPE from 6 to 9 April 2020, which received 1978 responses from surgeons and surgical trainees. A third (32.5%) of respondents disagreed that PPE supply at their trust was adequate and enabled them to do their job as safely as possible. More than …

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