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May 2020

Second COVID-19 peak greatest threat

Responding to the Government’s plan to begin lifting England coronavirus lockdown, the organisation representing NHS Trusts has warned the biggest threat to life remains the risk of a second peak.

NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said: ‘Now is not the time to throw away the gains made in controlling the virus. Everyone is desperate to return to some kind of normality but the NHS is still treating thousands of patients with COVID-19 and there is a tragedy unfolding in care homes. We have not yet cracked the PPE challenge nor access to testing. The difference in emphasis of the message about staying at home between England, Wales and Scotland is concerning.’

The BMA’s GP Committee chair Dr Richard Vautrey the Government’s ‘confusing’ message was likely to increase the risk of the virus spreading and putting strain on the NHS, including general practice.