“At the start of the pandemic we paused our system-wide newsletters in order to support partners to focus their energy on the COVID-19 response. Our transformation work was put on hold, staff were redeployed, and the world changed significantly. Many lost loved ones during the past year and many lost colleagues and friends – our thoughts continue to be with you.
Equally, I continue to see our staff across the system going above and beyond in order to meet the needs of our population. The demand that is coming through to all parts of our system is significant and putting additional strain on our staff. We must continue to support each other, avoid the temptation to blame others and be compassionate.
Although, we are still fighting this virus, rapidly rolling out the vaccine and anxiously monitoring the impact of the new Delta variant, the system’s focus is moving towards building back in a fairer, more equitable and more sustainable way. The intention is to keep you updated on these areas through these monthly newsletters.” – ICS Independent Chair Prem Singh