London
– A UK medical fetish company has donated its entire stock of scrubs to the
National Health Service (NHS) after claims that frontline medical staff do not
have enough protective equipment during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19)
crisis.

MedFet UK announced on social
media it had made the donation after being contacted by NHS bosses.

READ | ‘Chronic’ global shortage of coronavirus protective gear: WHO

“Today we donated our entire
stock of disposable scrubs to an NHS hospital,” MedFet UK – which
describes itself on its website as an “online store for all your needle
play medical fetish and roleplay supplies” – announced on Twitter.

“It was just a few sets,
because we don’t carry large stocks, but they were desperate, so we sent them
free of charge.”

It added: “We have been
contacted this week by representatives of NHS procurement all over the country,
trying to source basic protective equipment and clothing.”

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Working to get more equipment

The problem of a lack of personal
protective equipment (PPE) for medical staff, who have complained about a
scarcity of items such as face masks and medical scrubs, has become a
contentious issue within the UK since the outbreak of the pandemic.

It has placed pressure on
government ministers, amid claims the lack of PPE reflects a shortfall in
funding to public health services in recent years.

READ | WHO warns of mask shortages as virus cases rise worldwide

Speaking on Sunday, Housing
Secretary Robert Jenrick said the government, which has blamed global shortages
of kit, was working to get more equipment to health staff.

“We simply cannot and should
not ask people to be on the frontline without the right protective
equipment,” he said.

Jenrick said 170 million masks, 42.8
million gloves, 13.7 million aprons, 182 000 gowns, nearly 10 million items of
cleaning equipment and 2.3 million pairs of eye protectors were being
delivered.

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