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Letters Positive effects of covid-19

A “new normal” after covid-19 for NHS healthcare workers who are also carers?

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 03 July 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m2640
  1. Raka Maitra, specialty trainee year 4, child and adolescent psychiatry
  1. Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London NW3 5BA, UK
  1. raka.maitra{at}

Nelson discusses the positive effects of this pandemic.1 Covid-19 has opened up the vulnerabilities in society. Many healthcare workers are identified by the NHS as either being “clinically vulnerable” or taking care of someone who is clinically vulnerable. Health education boards and the NHS have allowed for remote arrangements for those who are shielding. The Royal Colleges of Psychiatrists and General Practitioners are engaging remotely and developing alternative arrangements for exams such as clinical skills assessment. …

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