Milton Keynes MP responds to claims that local organisations aren't receiving sufficient PPE

    Ben Everitt, MP for Milton Keynes North, has said that supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) is a "logistical challenge" due to the extreme demand.

    Ben Everitt MP has highlighted the fact that both he and Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, are in regular contact with various public service organisations across MK. "We're making sure that as far as possible they get what they need to do their jobs at this critical time," Ben said.

    "It is tricky, our public services haven't been under this type of pressure in generations. We are both feeding issues directly into relevant departments and receiving rapid answers and solutions - in some cases almost immediately."

    Just Yesterday alone, Ben says he was in touch with the Department of Health, directly with the Minister for Local Government, and took a call from No 1 who was checking whether the policies announced are making a difference in Milton Keynes. 

    Despite this, there is a severe global shortage of PPE. There is limited access to supplies such as gloves, face shields, medical masks, gowns, and aprons. Now, manufacturers have had to increase the amount of PPE produced, and distribute it at a rapid rate. 

    "This is as much a logistical challenge as anything else," Ben continued. "With health and care services across MK working at or even over full capacity, we're getting through masks, gloves, gowns and goggles at a rapid rate.

    The work done behind the scenes by NHS staff, council officers and other professionals in the supply chain is amazing. This is being supported by our manufacturers, who I know are working flat out to produce PPE in record numbers."

    The Milton Keynes MP also applauded the "tremendous effort" of the community supporting one another during the coronavirus crisis. He continued: "It's worth reiterating that as part of the national effort, there is something that everyone can do. And that is to stay home and save lives.

    "Following this advice means that we spread the virus less, we reduce the pressure on the NHS and we shield the elderly and vulnerable from this disease. Do your bit MK. Stay home, save lives."

    Ben Everitt MP believes that he had coronavirus. He spent one week in self-isolation at home and has since recovered. Read his story here



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