Don't work if you can't get PPE, doctors told

In an unprecedented move, the RCOA president said trust was being lost in Britain’s top health officials, as the UK hospital death toll increased by 449 to 16,500 patients. ____________________________________________________ More on coronavirus: ____________________________________________________ Public Health England medical director Yvonne Doyle, appearing alongside chancellor Rishi Sunak at the No 10 daily press briefing, said staff would have to decide themselves if they had enough protective equipment before choosing not to work, adding: “People have to make their decisions based on whether they are in a risky situation or not.” Anaesthetists sedate patients who need a ventilator tube in their windpipe to help with breathing. Professor Mahajana, a consultant at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, spoke out after Public Health England issued new advice to doctors on Friday night suggesting single-use respirator masks could be folded and kept in a plastic bag to be used again. After ordering pubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms and leisure centres across the country to close indefinitely, Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressedthe public on March 23; outlining strict exercise and shopping limits, ordering all shops other than food stores and pharmacies to close, and implementing a ban on public gatheringsof twoor more people. First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, while deputising for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19), announced on April 16that theU.K.lockdown would continue for at least another three weeks. The government is also delivering an unprecedented economic relief package aimed at businesses and individuals hitbythepandemic,which is estimated to cost over £400 billion. (Pictured) Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement, while flanked by windows showing children's drawings of rainbows supporting the NHS, on his first day back at work in Downing Street after recovering from a bout of coronavirus (COVID-19) that put him in intensive care, in London, England on April 27. The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) warned the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic could see the U.K. economy shrink by a record 35 percent by June.  A man wears a religious placard on Market Street in Manchester, England on March 25.  Workers sell food and household items to local residents from their ice cream van at a supported housing estate in west Belfast, Northern Ireland on April 1. Soldiers and private contractors help to prepare the ExCel centre in London, which is being made into the temporary NHS Nightingale hospital comprising two wards, each of 2,000 people, to help tackle coronavirus, on March 30.  Prime Minister Boris Johnson gives a press conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with chief medical officer Chris Whitty (L) and Chief scientific officer Sir Patrick Vallance (R) in Downing Street after he had taken part in the government's emergency Cobra meeting in London, England on March 16. “There is that erosion of confidence because statements in public are not matched by the reality on the ground.” Prof Mahajan questioned the UK’s available stockpile, saying the recent shortages “gives me an impression that we haven’t got enough buffer in the system.