There is now serious concern over the quality and quantity of personal protection equipment in Donegal and across the country.
Medical staff at Letterkenny University Hospital have said there is a severe shortage of both facemasks and goggles.
This comes despite a massive order of more than €200 million order of PPEs which arrived from China.
HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid has said the HSE is engaging worldwide to secure alternative stocks of PPE as the order placed with China not materialise to the extent that the HSE expects.
He was speaking following concerns about the content of the first batch of PPE for healthcare staff that has been arriving on Aer Lingus flights from China since last Sunday.
The HSE said that although the equipment being delivered is up to World Health Organization standards, and will work to protect healthcare staff, it is not the type of equipment that Irish healthcare staff have been used to.
There are concerns that the equipment may be more robust and heavy duty than nurses and doctors expected.
There have also been complaints from some nursing quarters that the protective gowns in the shipment are too small and the face masks of poor quality.
The HSE said it has so far been tweaking the order since the first shipment arrived.Tags: