Covid-19: NHS Long-term Plan - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 12:29 pm on 15th September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour 12:29 pm, 15th September 2020

My Lords, I thank the Minister and echo his tribute to the magnificent efforts of health service staff. I remind the House of my membership of the GMC board. He will know that the NHS entered this crisis underpeopled and under-resourced, and that a huge backlog of work has built up. There have been estimates that as many as 10 million people will be waiting for treatment at the end of the year. There is an issue with cancer patients waiting for tests and treatment. Can he give an indication of the work being done, despite the pandemic, to get the NHS back on track? Surely he agrees that the NHS five-year plan will have to be recalibrated to take account of this.