The UK ordered 400,000 gowns from Turkey to address its PPE crisis. Some didn't meet safety standards

The government has faced scrutiny over the lack of PPE for health care workers.

London (CNN)A high-profile shipment to the UK of surgical gowns, hailed by ministers as a solution to Britain's personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, has ended with little of the expected fanfare -- with more than 2,000 garments deemed unusable after arriving from Turkey and none yet distributed to health workers.

The gowns, made by a Turkish company and flown into the UK by the Royal Air Force on April 22, had been touted as an answer to the calls of underprotected health care workers.
But they were never given to frontline workers, it has emerged. Some were instead impounded at a warehouse near Heathrow Airport, according to