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Almost half of doctors “bought or donated PPE”

(Jacob King / PA)

A survey found today that almost half of doctors bought their own personal protective equipment or counted on a donation when none was available through normal NHS channels.

The British Medical Association (BMA) said its latest survey of 16,343 doctors in England between April 28 and 30 was the most significant front line staff at the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

The organization said its data found that almost a third (30%) of doctors in England surveyed said they had not reported or reported problems related to PPE, staff shortages, to tests or drug shortages because they didn’t think anything would be done about it if they did.

When asked how safe they felt from the coronavirus at work, just under two-thirds (65%) responded that they felt only partially or not at all protected.

Overall, 48% of doctors said they bought PPE directly for themselves or their service, or made a donation to a local charity or business.

The problem appears to be higher among general practitioners, with 55% of them saying they should do it, compared to 38% of hospital doctors.

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