Covid-19 must mean lasting change for our NHS

By Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland

The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a huge change in our health and care services in a very short time. 

The terrible human cost of that first wave is felt strongly by all of us, particularly those of us who lost loved ones. And we know that the impact of the pandemic hasn’t been equally shared and that it’s the most vulnerable people who have suffered the most.  

We’ve been monitoring Covid-19’s impact as part of my annual NHS overview work. 

The two main things we’re focussed on is how the NHS in Scotland responded to coronavirus and what lessons can be learned, and secondly the financial and operational implications of the pandemic.  

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