Sepsis: Diagnosis

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 3rd November 2020.

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Photo of Christina Rees Christina Rees Labour/Co-operative, Neath

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 20 October 2020 to Question 100504 on Sepsis, what steps his Department has taken to specifically support the diagnosis of Sepsis.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

To support the delivery of objectives set out in the ‘UK’s 20-year vision for Antimicrobial Resistance’ and five-year national action plan, NHS England and NHS Improvement have specifically committed to development of and access to diagnostics in relation to infections. This commitment includes:

- supporting the establishment of the Accelerated Access Collaborative and Pathway and ensure its work can support antimicrobials and diagnostics;

- preparing a two to five-year urgent diagnostics priority list and use Target Product Profiles for research and development;

- introducing incentives to develop and evaluate rapid diagnostics;

- streamlining the regulation processes to help get new diagnostics through as quickly as possible, including developing evidence-based guidance for using tests, and;

- working with National Health Service partners and industry to tackle barriers to new innovations being adopted in the NHS, building on the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and the response to the Accelerated Access Review.

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