At times of crisis, expert opinion is crucial to formulate policy and direction. The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the life-saving importance of medical leadership at national as well as operational levels. Innovation and rapid re-organisation have enabled healthcare systems to cope with the unprecedented demands placed on services in both primary and secondary care settings. While there have been genuine issues picked up in the media, this should not detract from the enormous value gained from medical engagement and the real and present opportunity to capture and change the way we lead healthcare over the coming months.
I’ll be the first to admit – I did not see this coming. I heard the news from China, and watched but didn’t make the connection. “It won’t happen here…” I watched as loose plans were made. A ‘pod’ made at the entrance to ED. I screened and swabbed people but with little actual concern. “It’s the ‘flu, and we deal with that all the time.” I heard myself saying, although admittedly while knowing very little.