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Covid-19: Doctors make bid for public inquiry into lack of PPE for frontline workers

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 12 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1905

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  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The Doctors Association UK and the Good Law Project have launched legal action to try to force the UK government to set up a public inquiry into the failure to procure and distribute enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health and social care workers in the covid-19 pandemic.

The move comes after some 200 health and care workers are thought to have died from covid-19 and many doctors have complained about a shortage of the right gowns, masks, and visors.

Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights puts the government under a positive obligation to take appropriate measures to safeguard life. Apart from …

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