Decision details

594 Procurement of Personal Protective Equipment

Decision Maker: Director of Resources

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

Decisions set out in the book have been made under delegated powers by the Chief Executive, Executive Directors or the Chief Finance Officer and Monitoring Officer, in consultation either with the relevant committee or Lead Councillor.

The Decision Book process has been altered to suspend the current Councillors’ call-in arrangements within the 10-day period after its publication and replace it with the ability during that period for three Councillors to request a retrospective review of the decision in writing to the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

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Decision:

This report sets out the decision to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and external care providers for their use during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Public Health England have prepared guidance on the range of Personal Protective Equipment that is required to keep staff safe when they are unable to maintain a distance of greater than 2 metres from customers and clients. Shortages of PPE is a global issue and whilst emergency stocks are being provided through the Local Resilience Forum the volumes are insufficient to meet ongoing demand. During the outbreak the Council is also required to provide emergency stocks of PPE to external care providers, Funeral Directors and Hospices.

A team dedicated to the assessment and provision to supplying PPE to staff and others has issued over 56,000 items of PPE and whilst other PPE providers are now able to provide items of PPE the lead-in times are extended.

Additionally there is a potential that the country will experience a second wave of the virus and in these circumstances it is imperative that the Council has sufficient PPE in reserve to ensure that it can cope with any future shortages.

It is the decision of the Executive Director of Resources, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the value of £70,000 to ensure that the Council has sufficient contingency in place to balance ongoing and future demand, especially where there is the greatest demand and potential continuing national and global shortages, namely Type IIR masks, surgical gloves and aprons.

Publication date: 19/05/2020

Date of decision: 19/05/2020

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