Looking back to look forward: Surviving COVID-19 and the future of the NHS

Adam Vacek, Siddharthan Chandran, Linda Bauld, Carey Lunan, Andrew W Horne, Steve Kerr, Caroline Whitworth, Wojtek Wojcik

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Abstract / Description of output

The COVID-19 pandemic affected healthcare systems worldwide, including the NHS. It drastically changed the practice and delivery of healthcare and laid bare longstanding structural flaws. It also brought a time of innovation and digitalisation and renewed appreciation of the role of public health.

This paper offers a thematic summary of a debate held in December 2021 by the University of Edinburgh School of Medicine. It featured a multi-specialty panel of doctors and patient representative discussing the likely impact of the pandemic on the future of NHS. It serves as a reflection point on the pressures the NHS has faced since and their likely genesis at a time when the impact of the pandemic on staff risks being forgotten.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-200
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Issue number3
Early online date12 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • NHS
  • COVID-19
  • future
  • expectations
  • healthcare
  • debate


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