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American College of Physicians wrote in a letter that more improvements are needed to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act to better support physcians taking care of patients.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) said in a letter sent to congressional leadership March 22, significant improvements need to be made to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) in order to better support frontline physicians in providing patients with the best possible care.
The letter began by calling attention to the alarming need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for physicians and other healthcare professionals.
“ACP welcomes the provisions in the bill to require that the PPE be included in the strategic national stockpile, and provide billions in funding to a Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (which may include funding for PPE). However, the grim reality is that frontline health care workers are not able to get the PPE they need to protect themselves and their patients,” writes Robert McLean, MD, ACP president. “Nothing can be more urgent than rapidly increasing the supply and distribution of PPE.”
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The letter then went on to outline four other areas of concern, including: