Matt Hancock has said we "never had a national shortage" of PPE, citing a National Audit Office report. But the NAO said that "many front-line workers in health and adult social care reported not having access to the PPE they needed during the height of the shortages". (1/6)
The NAO said: "The NHS provider organisations we spoke to told us that, while they were concerned about the low stocks of PPE, they were always able to get what they needed in time. However, this was not the experience reported by many front-line workers." (2/6)
"Feedback from care workers, doctors and nurses show that significant numbers of them considered that they were not adequately protected during the height of the first wave of the pandemic." (3/6)…
The NAO also said: "Occurrence of shortages is supported by other qualitative evidence. Directors of Adult Social Care also stated that essential supplies were not getting through to the social care front-line." (4/6)
The NAO said said Mr Hancock's department and its partners "deserve some credit for building at pace a new international supply chain and distribution network. But there are important aspects that could and should have been done much better in supplying PPE." (5/6)
Mr Hancock told BBC Radio 4: "There were individual challenges in access to PPE but we never had a national shortage because of my team... As the NAO investigated and found, there was never a national shortage." (6/6)

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