Monkeypox: Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th July 2022.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to provide additional financial support to sexual health services to meet the demands of (a) assessing, (b) treating, (c) caring for, and (d) vaccinating people who are (i) affected by and (ii) at risk from monkeypox.

Photo of Maggie Throup Maggie Throup The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

While no additional funding is planned, we have provided more than £3.4 billion to local authorities through the Public Health Grant to invest in essential frontline services, including sexual and reproductive health. The UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA) is working with local authorities and system partners to contain the monkeypox outbreak, including the identification and management of infected cases. The UKHSA has also published a vaccine strategy, which includes advice on vaccination of individuals at increased risk.

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