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NHS readiness for coronovirus

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

What discussions have you had with London and national NHS partners about responding to coronavirus?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

This is a very fast moving emergency situation, so please note that this response was based on the developments and advice given at the time.

Through the resilience arrangements in place to respond to COVID-19 my Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, Dr Fiona Twycross AM, who is one of three co-chairs of the Strategic Coordinating Group, is in daily discussion with both the NHS and Public Health England (PHE). Through the robust resilience arrangements we have in London we receive a daily briefing from the NHS about their response to COVID-19.

In addition, I have also met with the Chief Medical Officer and held my Mayor’s Advisor Group of which senior representatives from NHS London were also in attendance.

All resilience partners are actively engaged in the resilience response structures we have in place ensuring that they receive the latest intelligence and information on a daily basis and can raise issues that require a multi agency response. All agencies are working to a joint response strategy focussed on minimising the impacts of COVID-19.