Health Secretary confirms departure of second UK medical aid flight to help Ukraine

Tens of thousands of medical items have been sent from the UK in response to the “humanitarian emergency” in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion, the health secretary has said.

Sajid Javid confirmed a second supply flight carrying, among other things, personal protective equipment (PPE) which left on Tuesday morning.

He also expressed hope that there will be “many more” flights to help the Ukrainian people.

Speaking during Health Questions in the House of Commons, Mr Javid told MPs: “I share the horror and disgust of almost everyone in this House, in this country and around the world at the to the unprovoked, unjust and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine by President (Vladimir) Putin last week.

“This appalling act has created a humanitarian emergency and we are looking at every opportunity to provide the Ukrainian people with the support they so urgently need.

“As of Sunday evening, we airlifted nearly 50,000 medical supplies to Poland for delivery to Ukraine.

“And I can inform the House that another plane left at 7am this morning with more supplies, including medical equipment and PPE.

“We have all been impressed by the bravery and heroism shown by the people of Ukraine and rest assured that we are all with them, shoulder to shoulder, in this difficult hour.”

Personal Protective Equipment (Peter Byrne/PA)

He added: “He is keen to work with aid agencies and other UK countries to get help where it is most needed as soon as possible.

“What discussions has the Secretary of State had with his Cabinet colleagues about stepping up the urgent supply of medical equipment to Ukraine from the UK and ensuring access for doctors in the country ?”

Mr Javid replied: ‘The UK was one of the first countries in the world to provide medical aid, a flight on Sunday, a departure this morning, and there will be many more I hope.

“And I welcome the work and the offer of the Scottish Government and we will certainly work together to ensure that the aid reaches the people who need it.”