The Chief Executive of NHS providers has said that the NHS face mask supply ‘could be put at risk’ if public advised to wear them.
With Scientific advisers for the Government carrying out a review of the use of face masks,Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents hospitals and NHS trusts in England, has urged the Government to “fully assess” the impact any new advice could have on health service supplies.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) saying there is no evidence to support their use by the general population.
Securing the supply of masks, when there is huge global demand, is crucial. This must be a key consideration for Government.
“There needs to be clear evidence that wearing masks, along with other measures, will deliver significant enough benefits to take us out of lockdown to potentially jeopardise NHS mask supply.”