Government warned to “prepare for second Covid-19 wave”

By Francesco Tamilia - Integrated Care Journal

In an open letter published on the British Medical Journal (BMJ), UK health leaders urged the Government “to set up an urgent review to prepare for a second wave of Covid-19”.

The health leaders have called for a cross-party, rapid and ambitious review that is forward-looking, practical, and focussed on evaluating national preparedness in the lead up to winter, with the aim of saving lives.

Andrew Goddard, President of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Anne Marie Rafferty, President of the Royal College of Nursing, are among the signatories of the letter.

It is clear from the letter that the objective of the review should not be to “attribute blame” or “look back”, rather, it should act as a response to what the public want to see happen.

“We are not wedded to any particular design of inquiry or review, but as outlined in the editorial, we believe it should be quick, broad, ambitious, able to command widespread public and stakeholder trust, and needs to happen now,” the letter says.

"It should focus on those areas of weakness where action is needed urgently to prevent further loss of life and restore the economy as fully and as quickly as possible," it continues.

Health leaders have also acknowledged the complexity of establishing the review in the required timeframe. However, they made clear that they are available to “help in whatever way they can”.

Read the full letter here

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