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Readying the NHS and social care in England for COVID-19

This will provide a factual update on progress with key government actions across health and social care, as set out in Sir Simon Stevens’s and Amanda Pritchard’s letter to NHS and foundation trusts on 17 March and the Action plan for adult social care sector published on 15 April. These actions include:

  • increasing the availability of healthcare professionals and beds to treat COVID-19 patients while maintaining other essential health services;
  • securing adequate vital supplies, including PPE, testing equipment, and ventilators; and
  • protecting and supporting vulnerable groups, including those resident in care homes and healthcare professionals.