Front-line workers also reported being told to reuse single-use equipment or use PPE that was marked as out of date.
The evidence also notes that those working social care were disproportionately affected with “either no or poor access to PPE, and no hand sanitiser”.
Going on to warn that those “outside of acute NHS hospitals, continue to provide care to vulnerable people in society, yet there has been a disproportionate focus on ensuring supplies only for NHS hospitals. This is alarming and cannot continue”.
The College also reported “continued confusion” over PPE with the advice from Public Health England and individual NHS trusts not matching that used in other parts of the world.
The Department of Health and Social Care has not responded to a request for comment.