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Coronavirus: Protective Clothing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 56663, tabled on 15 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason his Department supplies ordinary face masks to front line NHS and care staff as opposed to FFP3 and FFP2/N95 masks.

Answered on

26 October 2021

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance makes recommendations for the appropriate respiratory protective equipment for staff in all health and care settings for COVID-19.

The Government currently provides free personal protective equipment to health and care providers in England, including a range of medical face masks. It is for health and care staff to determine which face mask is appropriate for the particular circumstance or treatment, in line with the recommendations in the IPC guidance and any local risk assessment.