Shake-up among PPE leaders

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  • DHSC official now leading PPE response with NHSE/I commercial chief
  • Lord Deighton leading “make” PPE strategy, previously headed by Deloitte
  • Government continues to face criticism over PPE supply

A top Department of Health and Social Care official has been appointed joint senior responsible officer for the government’s personal protective equipment response.

The government has faced weeks of criticism over continued shortages of PPE at hospitals and among community providers like GPs and care homes. Questions have also been raised over the quality of some PPE, with certain centrally-procured masks and a large batch of goggles pulled from hospitals in the last two weeks.

Jonathan Marron, director general for prevention, communities and care, joins NHS England/Improvement’s Emily Lawson, who has been SRO for PPE for some weeks. It is not clear exactly when Mr Marron took up the role, but HSJ has approached the DHSC for further details.

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