UK coronavirus live: parliament returns amid mounting criticism of government

MPs expected to approve plans for ‘virtual’ sittings of the Commons as questions continue over PPE provision

8.05am BST

Simon Clarke, minister of state for regional growth and local government, said 49 NHS staff have died in the coronavirus fight.
He told BBC Breakfast: “Their service and their sacrifice will never be forgotten and we will look into every one of those cases to understand what has happened, I can give that total assurance.”
He said he shares the “frustration” of NHS providers and the general public around issues with PPE supply.

But he said the government is confident they can get the right levels of supply to hospitals and key public-sector workers.

He said: “It is not straightforward, precisely because clearly this is an unprecedented challenge, and however much we have been able to put out, and it is a huge quantity, the demand is incredible.”

7.54am BST

Katie Sanderson, a junior doctor in London, told BBC Radio 4’s Today there were “very, very significant gaps” in PPE provision.

Referencing a Doctors’ Association UK survey with more than 1,100 responses in 250 settings, she said 38% of doctors had no eye protection, 38% who need FFP3 masks do not have access to them and 47% do not have access to long sleeve gowns.

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