A shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) from Turkey cannot be used because it doesn’t meet UK safety standards.
The shipment of 400,000 gowns has been impounded in a government warehouse near Heathrow Airport in west London, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Inspectors have said the consignment of PPE, which was flown into the UK by the RAF last month, is faulty.
Shortages of PPE, vital for protecting frontline healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients, have plagued the government throughout the pandemic.
In April, ministers announced they had secured a substantial supply of gowns from Turkey, which, after an initial delay, arrived on 22 April.
In a statement to the Daily Telegraph, the Department of Health and Social Care said: “This is a global pandemic with many countries procuring PPE, leading to shortages around the world, not just the UK.
“All deliveries of PPE are checked to ensure the equipment meets the safety and quality standards our frontline staff need.
“If equipment does not meet our specifications or pass our quality assurance processes, it is not distributed to the front line.”