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Limitations to Contingency Measures: Reflections from COVID-19 Surges in the UK

Gordon, C; Yardley, S; Lomas, DA; Edwards, SJL; (2021) Limitations to Contingency Measures: Reflections from COVID-19 Surges in the UK. The American Journal of Bioethics , 21 (8) pp. 31-34. 10.1080/15265161.2021.1940365. Green open access

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Abstract

Alfandre et al. (2021) helpfully outlines the case for attending to contingency planning as well as to crisis measures during a pandemic. The authors provides a helpful framework for reflecting on the experiences of healthcare staff during COVID-19 to develop a more robust contingency phase. We do so, ourselves, in the context of the United Kingdom, particularly London where the prevalence of COVID-19 stretched resources despite considerable and continuing efforts to increase capacity as the depth of the crisis was understood. Recognizing the inevitable increase in cases once community transmission took hold, the UK government’s strategy was to keep case load manageably within the capacity of the National Health Service (NHS). All public health interventions were modeled and planned accordingly with insufficient regard to contingencies.

Type: Article
Title: Limitations to Contingency Measures: Reflections from COVID-19 Surges in the UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2021.1940365
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/15265161.2021.1940365
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry > Marie Curie Palliative Care
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10141885
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