Paul Beighton, Baron Deighton, has been appointed by the Government to head a new effort to secure sufficient PPE equipment for NHS and social care staff. Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, admitted earlier in the week that the Government was unable to guarantee sufficient supplies, but said that they were doing what they could to resolve the problem. Lord Deighton previously served as the Chief Executive of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, as well as holding the role of Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury from January 2013 to May 2015.
Deighton said in a statement:
“Countries around the world face unprecedented demand for personal protective equipment and this necessitates an equally unprecedented domestic manufacturing response. I look forward to bringing together new partners in the pursuit of this single goal: to get our dedicated frontline workers the essential equipment they need. This effort calls for exceptional teamwork and I am confident that we, together, will rise to this challenge.”
Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said in a statement:
“The government must lead a national manufacturing effort so that all who need PPE have it, utilising all our small UK textiles companies who are sitting idle but want to help.”