And this change in personnel probably explains, albeit with the benefit of hindsight, that insufficient attention was given to the need to begin the rollout of booster jabs earlier in the autumn.
Yet, while Sajid Javid has confirmed that he, as Health and Social Care Secretary, is in full charge of the Covid booster programme over Ms Throup, the NHS still needs the necessary political leadership in the interim.
After all, Ministers are asking NHS staff, soldiers and volunteers – already fatigued by the pandemic – to go beyond the call of duty to assist with this latest “national endeavour”.
As such, it is testament to the professionalism of all concerned – and the seriousness of the health threat – that the region’s GP practices, and others, have reacted so quickly to Mr Johnson’s call-to-arms in Sunday’s televised address to the nation.
In the meantime, the public can show their support by having their vaccines at the earliest opportunity and showing forbearance, and understanding, if their own GP practice cannot accommodate promptly the genuinely non-urgent appointments at this time.
The quicker that the whole country is immunised from Covid, the sooner that life can return to normal – including face-to-face GP appointments where appropriate.
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