Long Covid: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 30th September 2021.

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Photo of Kim Leadbeater Kim Leadbeater Labour, Batley and Spen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to help ensure equitable access to Long Covid clinics across the country.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Since November 2020, £104 million has been invested by NHS England and NHS Improvement in developing and expanding 89 ‘long’ COVID-19 clinics, which included plans to ensure the most underserved populations are reached. ‘Long COVID: the NHS plan for 2021/22’, published in June 2021, details a system requirement to understand how services are meeting the needs of local populations, which is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2021/06/C1312-long-covid-plan-june-2021.pdf

NHS England and NHS Improvement have established a ‘long’ COVID-19 health inequalities workstream to provide direction to their ‘long’ COVID-19 programme on the potential impact of health inequalities and advise on mitigations.

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