This policy outlines the care service’s approach to responding to shortages of necessary supplies that result from emergencies that disrupt one or more links in the supply chain. The Covid-19 outbreak is an example of a national emergency that has resulted at different times during its course in shortages of supplies needed to respond effectively to it, including food and household goods for the population at large, medicines for vulnerable people and personal protective equipment and coronavirus test kits for health and care service providers.
It is recognised that care services can potentially be affected adversely by provision and supply shortages that that arise from different local and national emergencies. Not only Covid-19, but flooding , equipment and power failures, fire, industrial action and different sorts of catastrophic event can have similar impacts of leaving a care service short of essential provisions.
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