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Issued on behalf of Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council, Blackpool Council and Lancashire's 12 district councils:

Hospital Covid-19 preparations statement

Speaking on BBC Radio Lancashire earlier this week Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

Help Us, Help You

COVID-19 has changed the way that people are accessing NHS services. A recent survey of 2,178 people found that almost half (48%) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all.  A fifth (22%) would not want to burden the NHS, and a similar proportion said that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others was a major reason for not getting help.[1]