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PPE supply: share your views

The AOP is asking for members' views on accessing PPE through the NHS Supply Chain if a charge is introduced in 2023

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The NHS Supply Chain is currently looking at its supply and stock control plans for personal protective equipment (PPE) from April 2023.

The AOP believes that as a result in April next year the supply of PPE will transition from a ‘free’ to a ‘paid for’ model.

The NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales.

In order to provide feedback from the sector and help inform the NHS Supply Chain team working on these plans, the AOP is calling on members to answer the following questions:

Is your practice likely to continue to use the NHS Supply Chain for PPE supplies post March 2023 if you need to pay for the PPE?
  • Yes

    2 6%
  • No

    17 53%
  • Unsure

    2 6%
  • It depends on the price

    11 34%

Is your practice likely to use the NHS Supply Chain for the part supply of PPE – for example, for masks due quality assurance reasons?
  • Yes

    4 14%
  • No

    11 39%
  • Unsure

    4 14%
  • It depends on the price

    9 32%

Members are also invited to share their thoughts via a thread created on the AOP’s community forum, which can be accessed here.  

Encouraging members to share their views on the AOP’s community forum or via poll, AOP clinical and professional director, Dr Peter Hampson, said: “Many members have told us that the pandemic has permanently altered how they view the need for PPE in practice. Given the ongoing waves of COVID-19 and the risk of other seasonal respiratory infections, we expect that many will continue to both want and need PPE for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, it would be helpful to understand how members may obtain that PPE so we can make appropriate representations to the NHS.”

 

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