From our Swindon correspondent:
OK, not just firing. Their home and lands taken from them, thrown in to the Tiber in a bag with a wild animal.
As the front-line fight against the Covid-19 coronavirus intensifies, UK suppliers and manufacturers have been quick to offer their services to the NHS for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE). These are gowns, masks, aprons and other items that help protect medical staff from infection while treating coronavirus patients.
However, several fashion suppliers are wondering why they are not permitted to help amid the pandemic.
“Some UK suppliers were going to make scrubs and growns, but are no longer able to as they have received a document from the government stating they must have a CE certification [a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area] and be tested also”, one UK fashion supplier told Drapers.
No, you really don’t. These are standards, often rather bullshitty standards that gold plate everything for normal times. They often cost us all money, but as the extra sums are fairly small no-one notices, and there’s plenty of supply. But these aren’t normal times. We don’t have plenty of supply. You put the CE certification in the shredder and get some people to write a standard that is sufficient to make a safe, usable gown or scrubs for medical staff and nothing more. Have a team to check the quality when they come in and pay if they’re up to spec.
It really beggars belief that the NHS can’t do this.