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Commissioner receives Government re-assurance on PPE for the frontline


Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has urged the public to continue to show their support for the NHS and emergency services.

Mr Coppinger joined the nation at 8pm last night standing on his doorstep to applaud the NHS. Earlier in the day he had received assurances from the Policing Minister that problems delivering Personal Protective Equipment to the frontline were being resolved.

“Last night we saw a tremendous show of support for the NHS and I believe it is important that we show that support everyday. It doesn’t have to be a co-ordinated round of applause, just a simple thank you can be such a morale booster.

“If an ambulance gets called to your street, or you have an NHS worker setting off for work each day, let them know you support them.”

Through the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, Mr Coppinger has raised with the Government the matter of the lack of PPE for emergency workers. Yesterday in a conference call with Police & Crime Commissioners the policing minister Kit Malthouse assured all PCCs that the matter was now being resolved.

“The Minister explained it was a question of logistics. Supplies of PPE are available, it’s a case of getting it to where it needs to be,” said Mr Coppinger.

“The army is supporting this work to ensure the smooth supply to Police and other emergency services."


Posted on Friday 27th March 2020
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