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City council plans to buy £3.6m worth of Personal Protective Equipment for staff

It means schools, housing associations and health bodies can quickly and more easily use the same advert to buy PPE and other equipment.

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Nottingham City Council is looking to buy millions of pounds worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) to help staff stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

An advertisement has now gone out to suppliers, asking for a wide range of equipment to protect people from the illness.

The advert – known as an invitation to tender – has been issued by Nottingham City Council on behalf of a wide range of public sector organisations throughout the city and county.

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It means schools, housing associations and health bodies can quickly and more easily use the same advert to buy PPE and other equipment.

Council-owned companies, such as Robin Hood Energy and Nottingham City Transport are also eligible to use the contract.

The framework tender, published on the Government’s procurement website, will be able to be used by the following organisations:

Nottingham City Homes

Nottingham Revenues and Benefits

East Midlands Shared Service

Ashfield District Council

Bassetlaw District Council

Mansfield District Council

Broxtowe Borough Council

Gedling Borough Council

Newark & Sherwood District Council

Rushcliffe Borough Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

The University of Nottingham

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust

Schools, academies or children’s centres within Nottingham city and county

Nottingham Highways Limited and any other Nottingham City Council owned company

The availability of PPE has been a key issue in recent days and weeks.

The military has been called in to help distribute PPE to the NHS, after a letter was published in the Times on Sunday, March 22 from 4,000 NHS workers who called for the Government to “protect the lives of the life-savers” and resolve the “unacceptable” shortage of protective equipment.

Meanwhile suppliers have faced significant pressure as the demand increases significantly.

Nottingham City Council has been approached for comment.

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