Liam Byrne, Labour’s Shadow Mayor of the West Midlands, is launching his own PPE enquiry in the West Midlands. The decision to start his own enquiry comes after too many stories of people being given substandard PPE or none at all.
Liam said: “As the Government starts instructing people to go back to work, they will naturally think about how they can keep themselves safe, but across the West Midlands, we’ve seen countless reports of care homes and hospitals having to reuse PPE or finding that the PPE they have isn’t good enough. In the worst cases, PPE has simply been unavailable altogether.”
With reports that 1000s of surgical gowns and masks shipped in from Turkey did not meet rigorous UK standards, Liam is now launching his own inquiry to identify the scale of the PPE problems affecting the region.
Liam added, “It’s not just healthcare and NHS workers who need this incredibly important equipment. It’s bus drivers, warehouse workers, supermarket staff and those key workers in schools who are keeping our country going at a time of crisis. The fact that the Government cannot ensure their safety is astounding and simply unacceptable, so I am asking anyone who has a story to tell to visit https://liambyrnemp.co.uk/content/tell-us-your-ppe-concerns and share it with me. All information will be held anonymously, and I will use it to ensure that Government learns the lessons from these mistakes.”