The National Care Forum (NCF) has responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s PPE consultation, calling for extension of free PPE for a year from March 2022.
Responding to the consultation NCF said that free PPE provision has been an enormous help to the sector. The current system that has been developed gives providers access to the significant procurement power of the NHS supply chain. Such procurement power would be lost if providers were forced to build their own relationships with suppliers – relationships many providers would not have had prior to the pandemic.
Vic Rayner OBE, CEO of the National Care Forum (NCF) – the leading association for not-for-profit care providers says:
“The PPE market completely failed when we needed it most at the beginning of the pandemic. Care providers found it incredibly difficult to reliably and consistently source PPE supplies and they faced eye-watering price increases in the cost of PPE – we cannot knowingly return to such a situation. Ending access to an available and free source of PPE in the middle of a pandemic while the extensive requirements of IPC and PPE use as set out by the DHSC guidance remains in place is not safe, fair or affordable.”
Note to Editors:
- The National Care Forum brings together over 150 of the UK’s leading social care organisations, representing large numbers of care providers, offering thousands of services across the country, which are not for profit and always at the heart of community provision. Collectively, these organisations deliver more than £2 billion of social care support to more than 167,000 people in 9,200 settings. The NCF membership body collectively employs more than 95,500 colleagues.
- More information is available on the National Care Forum at www.nationalcareforum.org.uk. @NCFCareForum @vicrayner @NCF_Liz
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