16:45 GMT07 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): As the world is struggling to get past the coronavirus pandemic, doctors around the globe are working day and night as frontliners against the deadly virus. After all, our doctors, who are dealing with infected patients every day, are the first ones we need to keep safe, don't we?

    A couple of doctors of Indian heritage, Nishant Joshi and Meenal Viz, on Thursday began legal proceedings against the British government over allegations of not addressing the safety and precautionary needs of personal protection equipment (PPE) for healthcare frontliners.

    The doctors, in their legal case have highlighted that Britain's Department of Health, Social Care, and Public Health and some other government departments are not complying with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines – for instance – with respect to the reuse of PPEs and the requirement of “full body covering” PPEs among other issues.

    The pair, who say they’d rather be in the hospitals treating patients, are demanding “lawful and transparent” guidance on the availability, use, and reuse of PPE.

    “Accordingly, we have today (Wednesday) filed judicial review proceedings seeking to challenge that guidance with a view to bringing it into line with WHO guidance as well as human rights legislation", media reports quoted Jamie Potter, the solicitor for the doctors as saying.

    Earlier in June, the Doctors' Association UK joined forces with GoodLawProject to call for a public inquiry into the lack of PPE for frontline healthcare staff in the UK.

    The global shortage of PPE during a deadly pandemic has troubled doctors all over the world. In countries like Bulgaria and Zimbabwe, healthcare professionals resorted to resignations and strikes in a bid to get PPE for themselves.

    In India, doctors treating COVID-19 patients even wore normal cloth masks, garbage bags, and raincoats as PPE amid the shortage of protective gear.

    On 10 June, junior doctors at the Gandhi Hospital in India’s Hyderabad protested for an adequate supply of PPE and masks, while even getting into a tussle with cops.



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