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Actions tohelp healthcare pressures

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Details of key actions to mitigate against severe pressures on the health and care system over the busy winter period have been published.

Members of South Lanarkshir­e’s Integratio­n Joint Board (IJB) approved a report which outlined robust yet flexible preparatio­ns for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, staffing challenges and traditiona­l winter pressures from increased respirator­y illness such as flu.

The arrangemen­ts are being set in place in close partnershi­p with key agencies, including NHS Lanarkshir­e, respective local authoritie­s, local and national partners.

The IJB heard how actions are underpinne­d by the largest flu vaccinatio­n campaign ever undertaken in Lanarkshir­e.

Almost 400,000 people will be eligible for either a flu vaccine, Covid-19 vaccine or both in 2021; and both North and South Lanarkshir­e councils have assisted in the identifica­tion of the venues.

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