The procurement boss at a UK care home provider has described the challenges it faced in the scramble for personal protective equipment (PPE) at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak.

Michael Bennett, head of procurement at The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), said the organisation faced a “PPE triple-edged sword” comprising government guidance, a flood of offers to supply PPE, and the fact PPE was “rarer than unicorns”.

Speaking at eWorld Procurement & Supply, Bennett said he joined OSJCT – the second largest not-for-profit care home provider in the UK with 66 care homes and 14 accommodation schemes – in January 2020.

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