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Author: The Bevan Commission

Date: May 21, 2020

The Bevan Commission believes it is uniquely placed to provide independent counsel and support to Welsh Government in reviewing the impact and informing ongoing plans and developments of Covid-19 on various aspects of Wales’ life and service provision.

This paper aims to provide Commissioners with an overview of some of the main areas arising from the Covid-19 crisis during the last few months. It highlights a summary of some key issues and early findings based upon available information in the following 6 areas:

  • Contingency preparations/modelling
  • Lockdown
  • Test and Trace
  • The NHS and Social Care
  • Health Inequality
  • Communications

The paper acknowledges the uncertainty of some information, lack of robust evidence and the changing circumstances presented as Covid-19 unfolds. It tries to avoid over use of hindsight to criticise decisions made by those who faced (and still face) uncertainty as to the correct course of action and for which ‘the science’ does not always provide a clear way forward.

The opportunity is taken to provide a brief insight into how these issues may impact on the future, but in the main, this short paper reflects on experience to date which taken with wider evidence – will be used to inform the Bevan Commission’s future thinking, actions and next steps.