NHS: Contracts

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 28th April 2020.

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Photo of Chris Green Chris Green Conservative, Bolton West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the role of Dispensing Appliance Contractors in the provision of key (a) products and (b) services to the NHS during the covid-19 pandemic; and what support his Department plans to provide intends to provide to ensure the provision of those contractors' services.

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

There are no known supply issues linked to COVID-19 for appliances routinely dispensed by Dispensing Appliance Contractors like wound dressings, stoma and incontinence appliances. We are working with the supply chain to ensure Dispensing Appliance Contractors can source these products and maintain supply to patients.

Dispensing Appliance Contractors like any other primary care providers should follow Public Health England’s guidance on COVID-19.

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