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COVID-19 latest update: NHS trusts were not consulted on Government face mask plan

Coronavirus news update

Matt Hancock's decision to make face coverings compulsory in hospitals for all staff, visitors and outpatients from June 15 was made without any notice or consultation a furious NHS boss has said'. 

Medical and other staff will have to wear surgical masks at all times the Health Secretary announced last night'.

Visitors and outpatients attending appointments will not be allowed in without wearing the sort of face coverings that can be made at home. he also told the daily briefing'. 

However, it has sparked fury from leaders in the health service as Chris Hopson CEO of NHS Providers accused the Government of rushing decisions which he said were overly influenced by politics and the need to fill the space at the Downing Street press conferences..

It comes as rail unions have threatened to strike after claiming they too weren't consulted over plans for an army of volunteers to hand out free face masks before wearing coverings becomes compulsory on public transport'.


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