(LONDON) #Coronavirus Latest Report: Health Secretary said Monday we have 1-million masks being delivered by the army to our NHS Hospitals over the next few days as French soldiers impounded two lorries bound for Bri tain with 130,000 after Macron pledge to ‘ requisition ‘ of all stocks in the country #AceHe althDesk reports

#AceHealthReport – Mar.23: The distribution and delivery of millions of items of personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks will now be carried out by the army who will drive trucks throughout the day and night, health minister Matt Hancock said in a statement: Millions more items have been provided to hospitals, ambulance trust, GP practices, care homes and other health services in the last few days, he added, after complaints emerged from medical staff that they did not have enough kit:

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In a letter pleading with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to increase PPE supplies, over 6,000 frontline doctors said they were being asked to put their lives at risk with out-of-date masks, and low stocks of equipment: “We want to see action immediately,” the letter in The Sunday Times said, adding that it was very upsetting to hear healthcare professionals say they felt like “cannon fodder”.

Hancock admitted to the BBC that there had been “challenges” and said that the authorities were trying to “solve” those problems: Protective kit from the national stockpile reserved for pandemic influenza had now been released said the joint statement from the department of health and National Health Service on Monday…………They said that supply of protective equipment was rising………………………“We are taking urgent action to ensure dedicated frontline NHS and social care staff – who are working tirelessly to tackle this outbreak – feel supported. Today they are getting millions more PPE kits as part of that promise,” Hancock said.

There was now enough supply of PPE available, added the statement, but acknowledged that there could be challenges in future due to unprecedented global demand plus the fact that most kit is made in China, where coronavirus hit production: “The NHS is working closely with the government, NHS Supply Chain and industry to continue to secure additional supplies,” the authorities said in a statement.

French authorities impounded two lorries carrying some 130,000 masks to health workers in Britain’s embattled hospitals, following President Emmanuel Macron’s pledge to “requisition” all stocks in his territory: The move followed hot on the heels of French border guards seizing another heavy goods vehicle carrying hand sanitiser to Britain the day before. The incidents triggered a diplomatic spat between the two countries as Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) struggles against the Chinese coronavirus pandemic…………….“On Tuesday night, French authorities stopped the hand sanitiser and confiscated the lot,” a British government source confirmed to The Sun………………“On Wednesday night, it was lorries full of FFP3 face masks to protect staff.”

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Another source in Whitehall tried to play down the incidents, however, claiming both were “dealt with relatively quickly.”“There is a clear understanding between countries that only a united approach will tackle the public health emergency all countries face,” they suggested, adding that the mask seizure “appears to have been a misunderstanding, [and] we’re confident it won’t happen again.”

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the eurosceptic former Tory leader and Cabinet minister, remained distinctly unimpressed, saying of the incident: “This shows you all you need to know about European co-operation.”

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#AceHealthDesk report ……….Published: Mar.23: 2020:

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