High street pharmacists are “needlessly being put at risk” of catching and spreading coronavirus due to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), a professional body says.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society says that its members have not got the right equipment – masks, gloves and aprons.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that pharmacists are key health care professionals and are entitled to PPE.
NHS England said millions of pieces of PPE were being delivered.
The chief pharmaceutical officer Keith Ridge has said the government is making arrangements to get the equipment to pharmacists.
‘Abandoned on the front line’
Community pharmacists work as contractors for the NHS or for pharmacy chains like Lloyds or Boots and are the first port of call for much of the public when