Over the last 12 weeks a dedicated team fronted by MoD experts have negotiated contracts for more than 10 billion items of PPE for NHS workers in the battle against Covid-19, say the Government.
The team was set up shortly after the Coronavirus outbreak in a response to calls from the UK Government to industry for support for frontline healthcare workers, say the Ministry of Defence here.
Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) personnel led a 270-strong ‘New Buy PPE’ team of volunteers from the NHS and other governmental bodies including the Cabinet Office and Department for Education to progress at pace submissions to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:
“The dexterity and resilience of the MOD procurement team has been outstanding. They have rapidly navigated complex procurement contracts and organised effective logistical support to ensure billions of vital PPE items reached the frontline as soon as possible. Defence has proven itself time and time again when asked to play its part in this pandemic and we will continue to do so as long as required.”
Currently, orders for more than 10.9 billion items of PPE, worth in excess of £5.8 billion, have been submitted to DHSC for approval. Of these, orders for 9.7 billion items of PPE have been approved including 4.9 billion gloves, 3.2 billion face masks, 811 million aprons, 565 million safety glasses and 156 million gowns with suppliers all over the world.