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UK's plans to cope with a potential coronavirus epidemic examined

13 March 2020

The Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, will face questions from the Health and Social Care Committee on Tuesday 17 March 2020. Separately, NHS England will face questions on its plans to cope with a potential coronavirus epidemic in UK.

Parliament has stopped all non-essential visitor access to both Houses from today due to the circumstances around coronavirus. You can watch the evidence session online.

Witnesses

Tuesday 17 March 2020, Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

From 2.00pm

Panel One:

  • Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Panel Two:

From 2.45pm

  • Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Professor Steve Powis, National Medical Director, NHS England
  • Professor Keith Willett, Director for Acute Care, NHS England
  • Amanda Pritchard, Chief Operating Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Focus of the session

The focus will be on preparations for hospital and community services to deal with a potential coronavirus epidemic, likely impact on routine NHS services, risks to patients and staff, and information sharing and co-ordination with other agencies and the public.

The Health and Social Care Committee heard evidence from Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty on 10 March. Since that hearing, coronavirus has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Further information

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