Some 400,000 surgical gowns ordered from Turkey do not meet British safety standards, the UK government has said. Up to half of the personal protective equipment (PPE) order was flown to the UK by the RAF last month, but has not been given to NHS workers and is now stuck in a warehouse.
It is not clear if the government will seek a refund from the suppliers. A spokesman for the Turkish company which supplied the goods said they had not received any complaints Mehmet Duzen, from Selegna Tekstil, told the BBC the company had not had any communication from the NHS, the British embassy in Ankara, or British government officials complaining about the quality of its gowns.
"The fabric we supplied was certified. All the goods were certified," he said, adding that they were ready to respond if there was a mistake.
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