Supporting health and social care through coronavirus

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Onkar Sahota Onkar Sahota Labour

How has the GLA family supported health and social care services to prepare, react, and recover from the coronavirus pandemic?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Protecting the health and safety of Londoners has always been our number one priority and, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our health and care service professionals, we’re delaying the spread of the virus and ensuring that our NHS is not overwhelmed.

As restrictions in the capital begin to ease it is vital that we maintain a coordinated response and ensure Londoners remain protected.

In London our response to the pandemic is coordinated by the Strategic Coordination Group. Within this structure there is a dedicated coronavirus health oversight subgroup, led by the NHS. The group also includes Public Health England, Local Authority Directors of Social Care and the voluntary sector.

Over 300 operational members of London Fire Brigade (LFB) staff have been working with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) driving ambulances and assisting paramedics to enable LAS to maintain an effective service. LFB has also supported the delivery of up to six million items of PPE for social care providers across London’s boroughs via the LFB Distribution Centre in Croydon. LFB also provided over 150 staff, who volunteered to form part of a Pandemic Multi-Agency Response Team (PMART), which included driving vehicles and were involved in the wrapping and recovery of bodies and mortuary support.