Covid-19: £150m worth of masks bought without tender by government are unusableBMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3147 (Published 06 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3147
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
Fifty million face masks bought by the UK government as part of a £252m (€280m; $330m) contract at the height of the covid-19 crisis will not be used in the NHS because of safety concerns, the government has admitted.
The FFP2 masks, supplied under a contract awarded without advertisement or tender, have ear loops rather than head ties, and the fixings may not be adequate to protect NHS frontline staff from covid-19.