To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether in deciding to use the urgency procedure to lay The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No.4) Regulations 2020 he made an assessment of the serious and imminent threat to public health caused by the inability of the public to access other NHS services providing diagnosis and treatment; and if he will make a statement.
The requirements imposed by these Regulations are a proportionate public health response to the threat of the incidence and spread of COVID-19. In making these amendments we took account of responsibilities including to promote a comprehensive health service, and quality of services.
Our message is clear – anyone who is concerned or needs treatment should come forward – the National Health Service is open for business.
NHS guidance sets out a focus on accelerating the NHS’s return to near-normal levels of non-COVID-19 health services making full use of the capacity available in the ‘window of opportunity’ between now and winter.
Trusts, working with general practitioner practices, should ensure that between them, every patient whose planned care has been disrupted by COVID-19 receives clear communication about how they will be looked after, and who to contact in the event that their clinical circumstances change.