Future pandemic Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies in Scotland

Closed 22 Mar 2022

Opened 25 Jan 2022

Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Scotland. In response, the Scottish Government worked with partners to quickly establish new supply chains and put in place cross public sector collaboration with the NHS on PPE supply issues. Whilst acknowledging that the Covid-19 pandemic continues and the situation could change, the PPE market has now stabilised, and Scotland has both a resilient supply of PPE and an ample stockpile.

The Scottish Government is now working to ensure Scotland is fully prepared for any future pandemic situation through the PPE Futures Programme. This Programme is undertaking work to plan for new approaches to pandemic PPE which will ensure we learn from experience, promote innovation, and have strong, sustainable foundations for the provision of PPE in any future pandemic.

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Why your views matter

The consultation seeks views on the lessons we should learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the proposed new strategic arrangements for pandemic PPE supply in Scotland, specifically public sector collaboration on PPE supply, future stockpiling arrangements, and how we can support private and third sector organisations in the event of a future pandemic.

The consultation responses will help to inform and shape the future pandemic PPE supply arrangements in Scotland and ensure that a broad range of stakeholder experiences are fully considered as part of this. We are particularly interested in hearing the views of people who were engaged with PPE supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, either as an individual or as part of an organisation. 

It is important that buying and stockpiling arrangements begin to be implemented soon, in order for Scotland to be fully prepared in the event of any future pandemic. Therefore, the consultation will be open for eight weeks, and will run until 22 March 2022. The Scottish Government aims to have a clear strategy in place by the end of March 2022, and an implementation plan prepared, with practical implementation to begin in the course of that year.

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