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Priorities for future COVID-19 wave planning

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) lays out its six priorities for future COVID-19 wave planning.

As lockdown begins to relax for many in the UK there is no time to waste in getting the NHS and social care prepared for the potential for future waves of COVID-19. The very real possibility of a second peak, coupled with the pressures of a normal winter flu season, risks bringing the NHS to a grinding halt.

In our new briefing, the RCP lays out its six priorities for future COVID-19 wave planning. The priorities cover:

  • Estate
  • Flu vaccine
  • Workforce
  • PPE
  • Partnership working
  • Testing

The RCP also recently joined a number other Royal Colleges, trade bodies and unions in calling for a rapid review of the UK’s preparedness for a second wave. In due course, the RCP also supports a public inquiry into the UK’s response to COVID-19

Speaking about the launch of the briefing Professor Andrew Goddard, President of the Royal College of Physicians, said:

'With lockdown further loosening this weekend for many, there is no time to waste in ensuring that the NHS and social care are prepared for the very real potential of future COVID-19 waves.'

'It is crucial that we learn the lessons from the last three months, as well as considering the additional challenges that future waves may bring if they coincide with winter flu.'

'Staff across the NHS are nervous about what lies ahead and we owe it to them to do everything we can to ensure that the system is ready to cope. It goes without saying that no clinician should ever be put in the situation again where they don’t have the PPE they need.'