Hospitals are defying government guidance and imposing full personal protective equipment (PPE) measures around coronavirus patients, following reported “revolts” by staff.
At least three major NHS trusts have now taken matters into their own hands, after health chiefs repeatedly defended the official guidelines.
National rules currently mandate full PPE, including eye visor and long-sleeve apron, during only a limited number of procedures when the virus is most likely to be aerosolised, such as fitting patients on to ventilators.
Doctors and nurses have complained the guidance is less stringent than that issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and reduces them to “cannon fodder” in the fight against Covid-19.
They also say that treating infected patients in basic scrubs risks spreading the virus around hospitals and even infecting people in the community on their way home.
Public Health England is currently undertaking an emergency review, which sources have told The Telegraph
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