Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry submission: management of the coronavirus outbreak

22 / 04 / 2020

The NHS Confederation is working closely with our members in the response to coronavirus so that we can relay concerns and offer solutions through out engagement with the relevant decision-makers in NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI), the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and other government departments.

We submitted evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee to help inform their inquiry on the management of the coronavirus outbreak on 17 April with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

The NHS encountered COVID-19 coming off the back of a winter of significant pressure, particularly in bed occupancy in general and acute wards, with unprecedented demand from an ageing population and more patients with complex conditions. The challenges posed by COVID-19 have been considerable. However, NHS organisations, supported by the independent sector, have shown flexibility and innovation to significantly increase intensive care capacity to ensure we have the best possible chance of managing the expected surge in demand within the resource available. That is, assuming the public continues to follow the medical advice on social distancing, handwashing and other measures. 

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