Hospitals: Health Services

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

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Photo of Kate Osborne Kate Osborne Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when routine services and treatments will recommence in NHS hospitals.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 04 June 2020

With evidence suggesting that we are through the peak of the first wave of COVID-19, and with the National Health Service well-placed to provide world-leading care for those who do still have the virus, we are bringing back routine services that had been temporarily paused. We are working on the principle that the most urgent treatments should be brought back first and this will be driven by local demands on the system. The approach will be flexed at local level according to capacity and demand in different parts of the country, and will be gradual, over weeks.

We have continued to deliver the most urgent treatments, such as emergency and urgent cancer care, throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.

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