Blood Cancer: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people with blood cancer have been removed from the shielding list by (a) clinicians and (b) GPs in England.

Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what evidence his Department based it's decision on for the removal of blood cancer patients from the covid-19 shielding list.

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

The shielded patient list is dynamic – general practitioners and specialists continue to make clinical judgements based the shielding criteria, that may result in those who had initially been advised to shield from COVID-19 no longer being advised to do so. Doctors have also been provided with guidance to support these decisions, which should be made following discussion with the patient and taking into account their individual clinical circumstances.

Information on the number of patients removed from the shielded patient list is not held centrally.

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