TalkSport – On the heels of a report from the charity NHS England showing that many hospitals were offering a lower proportion of patients a full face mask than needed, the charity has called on the NHS to implement more stringent policies to reduce demand.
In a report released on Monday, Oscar Health, which supports the NHS in the UK, warned that the shortage of face masks and other equipment could have devastating consequences for patients, patients’ families and health systems across the country.
The charity said that patients and their families could be left in a state of “diseased choice” if the shortage was not addressed.
“When a mask is not available, patients may not be able to get one because they are forced to wear the mask in the absence of an alternative.
And when the mask is available, some patients may find it more difficult to afford it, which could lead to patients being denied care,” said director of Oscar Health Helen Sainsbury.
A spokesperson for NHS England told TalkSport: “We recognise that the need for greater uniformity in face protection and the use of masks is a serious issue.
As a result of this, we have developed a comprehensive approach to reduce the number of masks available in hospitals and will work with hospitals to reduce masks in the coming months.”
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