Hospital face-covering requirements must have adequate provision and ensure safety for all, says BMA

Press release from the BMA

Published: Friday 5 June 2020
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Responding to the latest announcement by the Government from the 15th June, all hospital visitors and outpatients will need to wear face coverings and hospital staff will need to wear surgical masks, BMA consultants committee chair Dr Rob Harwood said:

“Stopping the spread of the virus between staff, patients and visitors in hospitals is extremely important as we move forward through this pandemic and wearing face coverings is an important part of this.  

“That being said, there is little detail on offer about how this will be implemented, where supplies of masks will come from, and how outpatients and hospital visitors will be given them.

“Given the lack of PPE supplies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, it is absolutely crucial that the Government ensures there are enough supplies of facemasks for staff, and adequate provision of face coverings for outpatients and the public by the 15th June.

“As hospitals adapt to providing non-covid care again, it is vitally important that staff working in hospitals do not feel at risk, that patients feel safe receiving care, and that the public feel assured they can visit loved ones without risk of infection.

“Along with detailed new guidance for hospitals and staff, the public must also be informed on how and where to access face coverings upon arrival at a hospital to ensure there is full confidence in the new requirements.”

Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union and professional association representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population.  An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

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