Even in normal times, without pandemic, there are unprecedented demands on healthcare systems globally. In the UK, the NHS is balancing workloads and productivity against economic constraints. Ageing population and the associated number of conditions to be treated will continue to be a challenge. Much is already being done by way of devolved funding and management at local level in order to maintain productivity and performance of hospitals, alongside other cost-containing efficiency measures.
Salaries and manpower costs versus patient-facing time needs to be optimised. Furthermore, while manpower and other resources can be stretched, we face a possibility of that being exacerbated further in the aftermath of Brexit. If you add to the mix an epidemic or outbreak, like we are experiencing with Coronavirus globally, it begs the question, how well were we prepared? What other tools or innovation could be deployed in order to combat and even prevent such unanticipated pressu