NHS staff forced to hold their breath and wear bin bags while treating coronavirus patients due to lack of PPE – The Sun

TERRIFIED NHS staff are wearing scuba masks, bin bags, kitchen aprons and even holding their breath to treat patients thanks to the “utter shambles” of the PPE crisis.

Nurses and doctors also use swim and ski goggles, out-of-date masks and put clinical waste bags on their heads and feet as they risk their lives to help virus victims.

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Nearly half of doctors have had to find their own protective equipment or rely on donations, says a survey by the British Medical Association.

One health worker said the PPE shortage was “an utter shambles from start to finish”.

Photos of staff at Northwick Hospital in North London wearing clinical waste bags were posted online.

Medics in Plymouth have worn scrubs made from old medical curtains sewn by volunteers.

And with real PPE like gold dust on the wards, health workers are turning up early to get theirs before it runs out for the day.

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Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden said some staff held their breath while treating patients due to a lack of masks.

She added: “Doctors are dying."Nurses are dying."

"We are devastated and can no longer stand by and watch.”

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