We have to ask whether high bed occupancy rates in the NHS are tilting the balance between efficiency and resilience in the wrong direction.
We need more information, transparency and scrutiny. A committee on the model of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards is required.
The aim is to keep the service open for as much normal business as possible, but there would be no possibility of achieving this in the scenario above.
Its model has achieved vastly superior results and at a significantly lower cost in human lives.
Those on the frontline deserve to be protected, be it from assault or a virus – and we shouldn’t forget or negate that.
The UK has an opportunity to play a leading role in shaping a new global agreement which reinvigorates conservation efforts.