These statistics show the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items which have been distributed for use by health and social care services in England.
In publishing this data, we aim to provide a regular summary for ministers, policy makers and external stakeholders on PPE items distributed. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) intends to release these statistics weekly while they remain relevant to the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In the 7 days to 7 March 2021, DHSC distributed over 202 million PPE items for use by health and social care services in England through the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel, NHS Supply Chain and other routes.
Since 25 February 2020 DHSC has distributed over 9.0 billion items of PPE, predominantly for use by health and social care services in England. This figure also includes:
over 337 million items of PPE authorised for release to designated wholesalers[footnote 1] for onward sale to GPs (40 million), adult social care providers (258 million), community pharmacies (1.2 million) and dentists (38 million). This data has been reported by the date of delivery to the wholesaler
over 281 million items of PPE to local resilience forums (LRFs)
over 101 million items of PPE to local authorities that have taken over the role of LRFs, in areas where LRFs have stood down from 14 September 2020
over 25 million items of PPE to public services overseen by other government departments and organisations. This includes PPE distributed to Public Health England, MOD Medical Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service
over 13 million items of PPE provided to the devolved administrations between April and June 2020[footnote 2]. This data has been ratified by the devolved administrations
a small proportion of items distributed to Crown Dependencies