Congenital Abnormalities: Coronavirus

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th December 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, whether he has made an assessment of the risk that covid-19 poses to people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

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

People with spina bifida and hydrocephalus are not automatically identified as clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.

GPs and hospital clinicians have the discretion to add individual patients to the shielded patient list based on careful, clinical assessments of each individual’s needs. This will require expert clinical judgement on a patient-by-patient basis. If anyone is unsure if they should be following the guidnece for the clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable. we would encourage them to discuss this with their GP or hospital specialist.

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