As the shortage of PPE equipment, currently gowns, for frontline workers continues, apparently Government ministers missed at least three opportunities to be included in bulk buying deals of vital protective equipment with the EU.

Given that latest figures show that 77 per cent of the British public favour staying in EU agreements that will help battle the coronavirus pandemic, not taking part in such schemes while we still can seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Still, Matt Hancock has made a nice shiny lapel badge available for social care workers to buy. Talk about adding insult to injury!

M. Kendall,

Wheldrake, York