The danger is not over – caution has to be the right approach

Niall Dickson

Responding to the latest Downing Street press conference, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:

"Make no mistake the peak may have passed but the danger is not over. And another peak will be disastrous for our health and our wealth. So the Prime Minister is right that caution has to be the right approach.

"The further evidence today of the disproportionate impact of the virus is unsurprising but disturbing. There is still much we do not know but the much more severe impact on people from BME backgrounds will heighten anxiety and we do need to understand the causes and do whatever we can to address them.

"The challenges around PPE and testing remain. We need more details about how a massively scaled up test, track and trace strategy can help us contain the virus and at the same time make sure the vulnerable are protected.

"Our view is that the new app and technological solutions will play an important part in this but they are not a substitute for traditional contact tracing measures which must involve public health professionals."

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