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MPs to investigate NHS backlog’s impact on mental health, general practice and long covid care

20 September 2021

In its second evidence session, the inquiry into clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic will hear from leaders in general practice, mental health, and long covid services, as well as two long covid patients. MPs will seek to understand how severe the delay to mental health and general practice services has been, and what additional pressures long covid will bring. 

Purpose of the job

The session is likely to examine how far current investments will go to manage the backlog and what reforms could help the NHS cope with increasing demand. MPs are also expected to look at positive lessons the NHS can take from areas redesigned during the pandemic.  

Witnesses

Tuesday 21 September

From 9.30am

Panel 1: 

  • Helen Lunt Davies, patient
  • Lere Fisher, patient

Panel 2 (from approx. 10am): 

  • Ondine Sherwood, Co-Founder, LongCovidSOS
  • Dr Adrian James, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of RCGP council
  • Dr Melissa Heightman, clinical lead, post-COVID assessment service, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

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

Background 

The first evidence session in this inquiry heard from two patients whose access to treatment was delayed as a result of the pandemic. 

Further information

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