Coronavirus: Disease Control

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason the Primary Care Medical Director for NHS England was not told in advance of the announcement on 30 May 2020 of the new guidance issued by the Government for people shielding and classed as extremely clinically vulnerable to covid-19; when NHS England were informed directly of the new guidance; what consultation was undertaken with key stakeholders representing GPs and charities prior to making the decision set out in the changed guidance; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he had with clinical experts before changing the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people who are shielding from the covid-19 outbreak.

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

It is factually untrue to suggest that NHS England were not aware of the shielding guidance being updated. We have engaged extensively with partners and the healthcare system, including NHS England and NHS Digital, throughout this process and will continue to do so.

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