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Patients to tell MPs of impact of delays in urgent treatment

11 June 2020

The health and social care sector has seen significant disruption to essential services due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Purpose of the session

The third hearing of the Health and Social Care Committee's inquiry 'Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond' will explore the impact of the pandemic on patients as well as health providers. Lessons from the coronavirus pandemic and likely future changes required to run services effectively will also be considered.

During the first panel, the Committee will focus on three areas: dentistry, emergency medicine and care as well as surgical practice, hearing a patient's experience of accessing surgical treatment during the pandemic first-hand. 

On the second panel, MPs will take evidence on the impacts on patients as well as health providers more broadly, identifying strategic and practical challenges faced by the sector. Measures and support required to reduce disruption to services will also be considered.


Tuesday 16 June 2020

From 09.00: 

  • Rob Martinez (joint replacement)
  • Dr Katherine Henderson, President, Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Professor Derek Alderson, President, Royal College of Surgeons
  • Mick Armstrong, Chair, British Dental Association 

From approx. 09.45: 

  • Daloni Carlisle (cancer treatment)
  • Charlotte Augst, Chief Executive, National Voices
  • Sir Robert Francis, Chair, Healthwatch England
  • Dr Layla McCay, Director, NHS Confederation 

Previous evidence sessions

In its oral evidence session on 1st May, the Committee heard about the impacts of the pandemic on maternity, mental health and cancer services as well as general practice. Watch the session or read the transcript. The Committee also heard testimony from health think tanks on 14th May.

Further information

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