The NHS has been put back on level four status, the highest level of emergency preparation.
The move means the NHS’s response to the resurgence of the pandemic is being handled nationally, rather than regionally. NHS England’s (NHSE) national incident co-ordination centre has again become operational, after it was stood down in July. It originally became operational at the same time as the March national lockdown measures came into force.
Level four status gives NHSE the power to instruct where NHS staff should work and what services need to be delivered and where.
There are hopes that mass cancellations of elective procedures can be avoided, but they have started in some of the areas hardest hit by rising cases. NHSE are closely monitoring the situation but the impact on volumes is inevitable.
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NHSE website: NHS England emergency preparedness, resilience and response framework
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