PPE distributed for use by health and social care services in England: 31 May to 4 July 2021

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These statistics show the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items which have been distributed by the government, 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, external stakeholders and the public on PPE items distributed.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) intends to release these statistics regularly while they remain relevant to the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Future updates will be issued monthly on the second Tuesday of each month.

Main points

In the 5 weeks from 31 May to 4 July 2021, DHSC distributed over 982 million PPEitems for use by health and social care services in England through the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel, NHS Supply Chain and other routes (see table 1 for more details).

From 25 February 2020 to 4 July 2021, DHSC has distributed over 12.7 billion items of PPE, predominantly for use by health and social care services in England.

This compares with approximately 2.43 billion items distributed between 1 January and 31 December 2019 to all NHS trusts and some social care organisations. This figure is a partial snapshot of the PPE used in the system before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NHS Supply Chain has since been expanded to 58,000 different settings, including care homes, hospices and community care organisations, many of which use the e-Portal to order PPE.

In the 5 weeks from 31 May to 4 July 2021, over 490 million PPE items have been ordered through the e-Portal.

From 9 April 2020 to 4 July 2021, over 3.6 billion PPE items have been ordered through the e-Portal.

Organisations may procure additional PPE independently of the PPE programme. Any additional PPE is not included in this data.

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Source: DHSC