Coronavirus: West Midlands businesses urged to join protective equipment ‘battle’


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In Summary

General | 14th April 2020
The CBI has urged even more businesses in the region to join the ‘battle’ to produce protective equipment for the NHS and front-line workers.

In Detail

The CBI has urged even more businesses in the region to join the ‘battle’ to produce protective equipment for the NHS and front-line workers. The organisation have organised a webinar for companies and CBI Regional Director Richard Butler welcomes all those interested to sign up.

The organisation are urging firms with the skills or expertise that could be harnessed to get involved, as well as those who have skills that could be useful for the fight, including the suppliers, lawyers, logistics and others needed to make this critical endeavour happen.

We know many companies in the West Midlands are already engaged with this, but we want to spread the word even further so to coordinate this and make a collective action plan to respond to this challenge, we are convening a business call at 11:30am on Wednesday (15th April) which you can register for via the CBI website.

The government are looking at ‘all options’ to increase the manufacture of protective equipment like aprons, gowns, face masks and hand sanitisers, including the potential re-opening of furloughed factories as part of the collective national effort.

Currently, any clinician working in a hospital, primary care or community care setting within two metres of a suspected or confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 patient should wear an apron, gloves, surgical mask and eye protection, based on the risk.

In the past few weeks the NHS Supply Chain have delivered 397 million pieces of PPE equipment including, masks, surgical masks and other PPE equipment to NHS trusts and 58,000 healthcare settings including GPs, pharmacies and community providers, but more is critically needed.