Auditing in the Age of COVID-19: Waste of Resources or an Opportunity We Cannot Afford to Waste?
Douglas Stangoe, Zoka Milan
Kings College Hospital, London, UK
Correspondence: Douglas Stangoe
Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, UK
Email [email protected]
The SARS-CoV-2 virus identified in late 2019 has had a devastating impact on healthcare around the world through a pandemic unparalleled in living memory. Whilst no two nations have undertaken an identical response to the crisis, sociological and economic lockdowns have occurred in many countries to quell the exponential growth in infections with healthcare systems rapidly and comprehensively overhauled. Thankfully, these measures have lead many countries to report a downturn in new cases. However, uptrending infections continue in others and the prospect of subsequent surges of disease hangs over us all until the discovery, and distribution, of an effective vaccine which itself is far from guaranteed. The sweeping changes in healthcare mandated by the pandemic in recent months have occurred primarily to enable clinicians to cope with soaring demand but also to minimise the disease’s spread within hospitals themselves. Medical staff of all flavours have been redeployed to critical care and other COVID-19 treatment areas. Extra intensive care units, both within existing hospitals and in massive new hospitals, have been built at breakneck speed. Non-essential clinical work has been halted and retired medics asked to return to the frontline of the battle with our new enemy. Whilst such action has been essential, the toll the pandemic has taken on the global medical fraternity is huge.
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