Get out of here. Most medical facilities looked like something off star wars with even the deck hands looking like stormtroopers.The analysis is made up. The PPE standard for dealing with C-19 patients are what is listed above. Even at its peak there weren’t more than 15,000 people in hospital with Covid in the country.
Meanwhile the rest of the NHS was shut down for non essential treatment. Clinical staff not dealing directly with infected patients would wear a simple non fluid protective mask which costs a few pence, and a standard plastic apron which costs the same.
Non-clinical staff were only wearing the same basic masks. Beware fake analysis.
You cannot have " huge shortage of PPE" and "much reduced demand for PPE" in the same workspace.
And even if your hypothesis is correct, then my point still stands. A proper analysis would have looked at what the demand actually was and only then risked a tendentious headline