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Care Homes: Newcastle upon Tyne

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 49688, tabled on 20 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who is responsible for providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to care homes in Newcastle as at 20 May 2020; and who was responsible for providing PPE to care homes at the beginning the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

8 June 2020

In business as usual (BAU) circumstances, care providers are responsible for sourcing their own supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE). However, as an initial step to address the spike in demand for PPE, in mid-March, social care providers across England received an emergency drop of over 7 million PPE items. Every Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered care home, home care and hospice provider received at least 300 face masks to meet immediate needs.

We encourage all care providers to continue to use their BAU supply chains. Where this is not possible, we are supporting the existing supplier network by providing stock of PPE to 11 wholesalers for adult social care.

If a provider has been unsuccessful in obtaining PPE through these routes, they can approach their Local Resilience Forum (LRF) to set out their PPE needs. If they are unable to access PPE through their LRF, a provider can raise a request for an emergency pack of PPE through the National Supply Disruption Response system.

We are working with e-commerce experts to launch a Parallel Supply Chain, a new web-based system for procuring PPE which will be managed in line with the published guidance from Public Health England, integrated with NHS Supply Chain's central PPE logistic operations and shipped directly to providers via Royal Mail.??Over 1 million items have been delivered via the portal, which is now rolling out nationally to small residential and domiciliary care providers.