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Delivering Core NHS and Care Services inquiry launched

23 April 2020

The Health and Social Care Committee examines the challenge of meeting demands for life-saving health and care services during and beyond the coronavirus pandemic

Over the coming weeks MPs will consider the balance of prioritising coronavirus care against ongoing demands for essential health services such as cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The inquiry will also consider what support the NHS and care sectors will require from Government to meet the anticipated pent-up demand for services beyond the pandemic's peak.

Strategic challenges identified for NHS managers include how to meet extra demands for mental health services as a resulting from the lockdown, dealing with complex medical needs of patients rapidly discharged from hospital and the provision of healthcare to vulnerable groups who are shielding.

Chair's comments

Health and Social Care Committee Chair Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP said:

“The capacity of the NHS is being severely tested in meeting the urgent health care needs of patients with coronavirus and dealing with those with other life-threatening conditions.

“Unless we get this balance right, the lives of people at risk of delays for medical treatment could be lost needlessly.

“The aftermath of the pandemic will present another test for the NHS and the social care sector with people depending on these services for support. Our inquiry will examine the scale of the challenge and consider what must happen now if our future health is to be safeguarded.”

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