A shipment of 400,000 gowns from Turkey has allegedly been seized in a warehouse after dropping short of UK standards.
The personal protective equipment (PPE) was flown into the UK by the RAF last month but has been held in a government warehouse near Heathrow.
The Daily Telegraph, which broke the story, said investigators judged the equipment to be damaged.
The prime minister’s spokesperson told the NHS was talking to the supplier about getting replacement gowns.
They stated if replacements were not likely it would seek a refund.
But speaking earlier on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Turkish company which supplied the goods said they had not received any complaints.