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Patients whose medical treatment was delayed as a result of pandemic to give evidence to MPs

3 September 2021

MPs will hear from patients whose access to treatment was delayed as a result of the pandemic in the first session of the inquiry to consider how a backlog of cases can be cleared.

One experienced the cancellation of two operations for heart surgery, while the second had follow-up cancer scans cancelled.

The session will seek to quantify the scale of the backlog, the effectiveness of plans to manage demand, NHS capacity to deal with the backlog and funding. Pressures on the workforce and how staff can be supported will also be considered.

The inquiry will examine whether fundamental changes to the organisation and delivery of NHS and care services will be required to manage the backlog of cases.


Tuesday 7 September 2021

At 9.30am:

Panel 1

  • James Wilkinson (patient’s experience)

  • Shirley Cochrane (patient’s experience)

Panel 2

  • Professor Neil Mortensen, President, Royal College of Surgeons

  • Dr Andrew Goddard, President, Royal College of Physicians

  • Dr Katherine Henderson, President, Royal College of Emergency Medicine

  • Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and REAL Centre, the Health Foundation

The Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic inquiry builds on the work of the Committee’s earlier inquiries, Delivering core health and care services during the pandemic and beyond and Workforce burnout and resilience in the NHS and social care. Some of the issues will also be explored by the Committee’s on-going inquiry into Cancer services.

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