Medical Fetish Site Donates Entire Stock of Scrubs After Being Contacted by 'Desperate' Health Officials

A medical fetish company in the U.K. has donated its entire stock of disposable scrubs to a hospital after being contacted by "desperate" health officials.

MedFetUK said it had been contacted by National Health Service (NHS) representatives from across the country who were trying to procure basic protective equipment and clothing for health workers tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

The company didn't identify the hospital where it sent the "few sets" of scrubs that it had, but said it was located in the south of England.

MedFetUK added it was "scandalous" that it was "being sought out as last-resort supplier" for the NHS during a crisis, adding that claims from politicians that health workers were getting what they needed to were not true.

Writing about the donation on Twitter on Friday, MedFetUK said: "Today we donated our entire stock of disposable scrubs to an NHS hospital. It was just a few sets, because we don't carry large stocks, but they were desperate, so we sent them free of charge."

In follow-up tweets, the company added: "When you see someone from the government saying the NHS is getting what it needs, that is a LIE. We have been contacted this week by representatives of NHS procurement all over the country, trying to source basic protective equipment and clothing.

"When we, a tiny company set up to serve a small section of the kink community, find ourselves being sought out as a last-resort supplier to our National Health Service in a time of crisis, something is seriously wrong. In fact, it's scandalous."

MedFetUK said a decade of underfunding and cuts to the NHS has left it "barely able to cope under normal circumstances, much less when faced with the onslaught of a global pandemic."

It added: "So when it's all over...and the doctors, nurses and other staff have done an amazing job (as they undoubtedly will despite the circumstances)...let's not forget, or forgive, the ones who sent the NHS into this battle with inadequate armor and one hand tied behind its back."

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The new NHS Nightingale Hospital at ExCeL London on March 29, 2020 in London, England. Hollie Adams/Getty Images

Last week, the British Medical Association (BMA) said it had been inundated with concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors and nurses tackling the coronavirus pandemic. The BMA said many of its members were being forced to work without "inadequate" protection.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick acknowledged the concerns around the provision of PPE during a press conference on Sunday. He said 170 million masks, 42.8 million gloves, 13.7 million aprons, 182,000 gowns, almost 10 million items of cleaning equipment and 2.3 million pairs of eye protectors were being delivered to frontline staff

"We simply cannot and should not ask people to be on the frontline without the right protective equipment," he said. "We have a clear plan to ensure that those serving this country at this time have the right equipment."

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