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Once COVID-19 is over, should we have a written pandemic plan? – A debate

Author: Charlie Maclean-Bristol, Training Director, FBCI, FEPS

Should you have a pandemic plan in place? Join the debate.

There is an old adage that "armies prepare to fight their last war, rather than their next war" so after COVID-19, should we have a ‘fully loaded’ pandemic plan, detailing how to respond and including all we have learnt from this pandemic? Knowing that pandemics come around every 20 years or so, the last one being bird flu in 2009, should we have a plan? As there will be another in the not-so-distant future. On the other hand, should we decide that even if another pandemic occurs it will be in a different form, the government may respond in a different way and so our plans, like many of the existing plans before this present pandemic, will not be fit for purpose and we will have to respond without having a plan in place.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts. If you would like join this debate, could you comment on the thread on my LinkedIn here.

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