Desperate British NHS staff launch crowdfunding appeal for covid-19 PPE after 35 colleagues die on frontline
London, April 14, 2020 (AltAfrica)-British NHS staff have been forced to raise cash through crowdfunding to be able to buy PPE equipment which is in short supply. Sun newspaper UK reports
The news comes after it was announced that at least 35 NHS staff have died fighting the coronavirus.
An appeal called Masks for NHS Heroes, started by a team of doctors, has already raised £1.8million.
The group has already taken delivery of 100,000 visors to protect frontline doctors and nurses which were delivered on Easter Sunday to hospitals.
Another order for more than 70,000 gowns and masks are due to be delivered around the country this week, according to the Daily Mail.
Cambridge University has also launched a fundraising appeal in a bid to raise £5m to buy PPE equipment from China and hopes to supply local hospitals and social care staff.
The team is being lead by two doctors and Cambridge professors, Toni Vidal Puig and Sadaf Farooqi.
At least 35 NHS staff have died during the coronavirus outbreak after testing positive although it is not known how many contracted the virus due to inadequate supplies of PPE.
Dr Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, died after battling the bug for 15 days in hospital.
He had previously warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the need for “urgent” PPE gear.
Dr Chowdhury had last month written to the PM, appealing for urgent action on personal protective equipment for “each and every” NHS worker in the UK.
He added healthcare workers have a “human right like others to live in this world disease-free with our family and children”.
The Government has been under constant pressure to ensure that PPE is dished out to frontline NHS workers.
A senior doctor said that medics felt like “cannon fodder” and “lambs to the slaughter” as they deal with covid-19 patients in wards.
While doctors and nurses have been snapped wearing rubbish bags around the bodies and mouths as makeshift PPE.
Other medics are said to have bought scrubs on Amazon or had friends knit them protective kit.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers in England which represents hospital trusts, said the number of gowns in some parts of the country was “very, very low”.