Diabetes and Obesity: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd September 2020.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Public Health England's report, Disparities in the risk and outcomes of covid-19, published in June 2020, what meetings he has had with (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department on conducting further research into adverse outcomes from covid-19; and whether those meetings included discussion on the the role of (i) obesity and (ii) diabetes and covid-19, and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Research (NIHR). The UK Research and Innovation-NIHR Rapid Response Rolling Call has funded a large post-hospitalisation study. The study, announced in July, will establish a The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has had a number of meetings looking at research into outcomes of Covid-19 with Ministers across the Department, the Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Chief Medical Officers and other Public Health England officials.

The Department invests over £1 billion a year in health and care research through the National Institute for Health national consortium and a research platform embedded within clinical care to understand and improve long-term outcomes for survivors following hospitalisation with COVID-19.

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