Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in the event of a pandemic what arrangements he is making for providing a medical cause of death so that the death can be registered.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has published an action plan, which includes the principle to ensure dignified treatment of all affected, including those who die.

In the event of the outbreak worsening, or a severe prolonged pandemic, the response will escalate, and the focus will move from Contain to Delay, through to Mitigate. During this phase the pressures on services and wider society may start to become significant.

The action plan recognises that there could well be an increase in deaths arising from the outbreak, particularly amongst vulnerable and elderly groups. The United Kingdom Government and devolved administrations will provide advice for local authorities on dealing with this challenge in due course.

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