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Letters Legality of government’s PPE guidance

Covid-19: Questions remain over UK government’s PPE guidance

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 15 May 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1964
  1. John Puntis, consultant paediatrician
  1. Leeds LS8 1DW, UK
  1. john.puntis{at}

Staff should not need to fight for adequate protection at work, but the legal challenge launched against NHS England’s guidance is surely born of desperation.1

Initially the management mantra was that there were adequate national supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) but problems with local distribution.2 When this became untenable, staff were blamed for using up PPE inappropriately.3 The narrative then changed to: “We share your pain and have done our utmost, …

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