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Welsh care homes to get free PPE until April 2024

Care homes in Wales are to continue to receive free PPE until April 2024.

Concluding a review into free PPE Welsh health minister Eluned Morgan said: “This continued support will help the NHS and social care ahead of winter and during the current difficult financial climate.”

In December, the Welsh Government announced a review of the free PPE policy, to take effect from the end of June 2023. Continuing that policy until the end of March 2024, Morgan said: “It is critical that health and social care services continue to adhere to the latest infection prevention and control guidance.”

She added that extending the current approach until March 2024 would provide time for primary and social care providers to re-establish PPE supply chains after three years of being supplied by NWSSP.

From 1 April 2024, procurement and supply of PPE will return to pre-pandemic arrangements. This means health boards and NHS trusts will return to buying their own PPE from NWSSP and primary care and social care providers will buy their PPE from either the private sector or NWSSP.

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