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Covid-19: UK could delay non-urgent care and call doctors back from leave and retirement

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 03 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m854

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Healthcare staff on leave and those who have retired could be called “back to duty,” and non-urgent care could be delayed, as doctors are forced to prioritise dealing with covid-19, the UK government’s action plan lays out.

The government will also implement a “distribution strategy for the UK’s stockpiles of key medicines and equipment (e.g. protective clothing),” the document said.

However, the plan did not include details of how or when these measures would be put in place.

Speaking at a press briefing at 10 Downing Street …

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