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Welsh politicians call for review of COVID-19 medicines delivery arrangements

Winter resilience in question

July 14th 2020

Tagged: Wales COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The Welsh Government has been challenged to commission a focused and rapid review of the current arrangements for delivery of medicines following a ministerial inquiry.

In the report of an inquiry into the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak, and its management, on health and social care in Wales, the Welsh Assembly has been charged to commission a focused and rapid review of the current arrangements for delivery of medicines to ensure they are robust, reliable, safe and sustainable, and able to meet both current demands and potential future pressures, especially during the winter months.

The inquiry, led by Wales’ Health, Sport and Social Care Committee, concludes that the decision to link the receipt of a shielding letter to the provision of services, like online food shopping and delivery of medicines, has proven to be wholly effective.

The focus of this first report is personal protective equipment; testing; shielding of vulnerable people; the Test, Trace, Protect Strategy; and financial implications for local government.

Future reports will consider matters such as returning to ‘normal services’ in the NHS and care sector.