COVID-19: How well prepared was the NHS?
7pm - Wednesday 24 February (watch again below)
The 21st century had already seen epidemics of SARS, H1N1, MERS, Ebola and Zika virus before SARS-CoV-2 caused covid-19. The World Health Organisation had advised that in order to mitigate the impact of epidemics, to protect the health workforce and to ensure continuity of health services during and after them, stronger health systems were needed.
‘We’ve been making every possible preparation … this country is very well prepared’
‘Nobody can say we didn’t know this was coming’
Richard Horton Editor of the Lancet, New Scientist 15 June 2020
The People's Covid Inquiry asks: how has policy over the last decade impacted on the resilience of our NHS, social care system and public health systems and its preparedness for the coronavirus pandemic whilst delivering continuity of core NHS services?
Michael Mansfield QC (chair), Professor Neena Modi, Dr Tolullah Oni, Dr Jacky Davis, Lorna Hackett Barrister (Counsel to the Inquiry) Read more
WITNESSES FOR THE SESSION:
Jo Goodman (Co-founder Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice)
Professor Sir Michael Marmot (Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity, UCL Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health)
Holly Turner (Children's Mental Health Nurse/CAMHS)
Professor Gabriel Scally (President Epidemiology and Public Health Section Royal Society of Medicine, Visiting Professor of Public Health, University of Bristol, member of Independent SAGE)
John Lister (Health Journalist and campaigner.