June 1, 2020
Frontline NHS services have come under tremendous pressure during the past few weeks as coronavirus swept the UK, leaving tens of thousands of people seeking urgent medical care having contracted the deadly disease. The pandemic has brought individual challenges to each of the main groups of healthcare providers – NHS trusts have been at the forefront of the efforts to tackle COVID-19, with hospitals and their teams providing outstanding urgent care to people, despite the well-documented controversies of a lack of PPE and provision and testing for staff.
In support of the efforts of hospital teams, many GP practices and local medical centres have taken on additional roles after NHS England commissioned extra capacity for the treatment of patients, not only to support the treatment of COVID-19 but also to help the NHS deliver other urgent operations and cancer treatments.
Many dental surgeries have faced a different kind of challenge, with a decline in business as a result of social distancing seeing many practices turning to business support measures, including the Government’s Job Retention Scheme.
The specialist healthcare team at Sintons has been advising senior figures from across the healthcare spectrum, supporting them in dealing with the unprecedented current situation and enabling them to take the major decisions that are frequently required in such a fast-changing environment.
Sintons’ healthcare team – which is regularly hailed as one of the UK’s leading specialist advisors to the sector by the independent Legal 500 and Chambers legal guides – is the long- standing legal advisor to several NHS trusts across the UK. The team has played a vital role in helping them to achieve stability behind the scenes, supporting the smooth running of the trusts to enable them to concentrate on their frontline healthcare provision.
Amanda Maskery, head of NHS healthcare at Sintons and one of the leading specialist healthcare lawyers in the UK, says: “Our healthcare clients and their fantastic staff are rightly being hailed as the heroes of the COVID-19 crisis. The way they have responded to the huge pressure of soaring diagnoses of this deadly illness, while having
to deal with the additional challenges of lack of resource and equipment, has been phenomenal. We have never been more proud of our NHS and everyone working in healthcare.
“As a leading specialist advisor to the sector, we have worked with NHS trusts, GPs and other providers for many years, and our in-depth understanding of the continually-changing NHS landscape enables us to give valuable insight and clear advice to these organisations, even in the most urgent of situations.
“We are delighted to continue to support them through these difficult and uncertain times, and will be with our clients every step of the way as they negotiate their way through the pandemic and come out of the other side.”