Health experts call for a cross-party commission to prepare for Covid-19 second wave

Health leaders have written an open letter to politicians calling for a special cross-party commission to be established to prepare for a second wave of coronavirus.

The letter said the commission’s work “should be a rapid and forward-looking assessment of national preparedness, based on an examination of the complex and interrelated policy areas.” They also support a four-nation approach across the UK, bypassing parliamentary committees.

The commission would focus on practical recommendations and the letter suggests a timescale in which its work would be completed by October 2020.

The idea is supported by Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price MS (Plaid, Carms. E. & Dinefwr), who said: “It is right this should be conducted by a cross-party, four-nation Commission, but let me be clear – the purpose should not be to point the figure but to point to a plan. Foresight, not hindsight must be the buzzword of this new Commission if we are to fully and adequately equip ourselves for a second wave of this virus.”