Chronic Illnesses: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th June 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 plans are in place to ensure lessons learned during the covid-19 pandemic including the use of proven apps and digital solutions, are embedded into relevant patient pathways for long term conditions.

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

During the pandemic, digital and remote general practitioner consultations and outpatient appointments have become usual across England. Providers have been rolling out remote consultations using video, telephone, email and text message services as a priority. David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been leading a taskforce to support acute providers to rapidly create these capabilities, with NHSX leading on primary care. As the National Health Service moves to return to business as usual activity, services across the country will look to maintain and build on new ways of working that have demonstrated their effectiveness during the pandemic.

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