Inflammatory bowel disease: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on care for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis patients of service pressures resulting from the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with NHS England on improving care for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as the NHS resumes normal service levels as covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.

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

No specific assessment on the effect of care for patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak has been made.

Early in the pandemic NHS England and NHS Improvement advised that in-person consultations “should only take place when absolutely necessary”. Providers have been rolling out remote consultations using video, telephone, email and text message services as a priority, including for those with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

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