Dr Peter Tun Image copyright Family Handout
Image caption Dr Peter Tun had raised concerns over a lack of masks on his ward

A hospital is investigating the suspected Covid-19 death one of its doctors who raised concerns over the availability of protective equipment.

Dr Peter Tun, 62, died on 13 April at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading where he worked.

His family said he had been worried about a lack of masks on his ward.

The hospital previously denied there was a lack of PPE. Now Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust (RBFT) said it will investigate the family’s concerns.

In a statement a RBFT statement said: “We can confirm a serious incident investigation has been launched.

“It involves senior managers and clinicians who are working closely with Dr Tun’s family to look at their concerns and answer their questions.”

Dr Ye Myint, who is Dr Tun’s brother, previously told the BBC colleagues were told not to wear facemasks because they could make patients anxious.

Meanwhile, Dr Tun’s son Michael said his father had complained to his manager because personal protective equipment (PPE) was taken away from his ward.

His family said Dr Tun, who was an associate specialist in neurorehabilitation, had been in contact with five patients who had tested positive for coronavirus on his ward.

The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust previously said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of Dr Tun, but denied there was a lack of PPE.

Dr Tun came to the UK from Burma in 1994 and had worked at the hospital for more than 21 years.


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