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NHS leaders face questions on prioritising patient care as demand for services mounts

25 June 2020

The final session of the Health and Social Care Committee's inquiry will hear from key NHS leaders on plans to manage growing waiting times and a back-log of demand for services as a result of the pandemic. 


Tuesday 30 June - remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 10am

  • Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers
  • Professor Andrew Goddard, President, Royal College of Physicians

At 10.30am (approx.)

  • Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director, NHS England and Improvement
  • Amanda Pritchard, Chief Operating Office, NHS England and Improvement

Purpose of the session

In recent weeks the committee has heard from patients facing delays to surgery and treatment, with further evidence on the numbers waiting for cancer screening and testing, with the prediction that thousands of cancers will have been missed.

MPs will also focus on longer term structural changes that might need to take place in areas such as emergency medicine.

The inquiry

The inquiry was launched in April to consider the on-going situation and the support that NHS and care sectors would require from Government to meet the pent-up demand for services beyond the pandemic's peak and to identify strategic challenges posed by the crisis for NHS managers.

Related inquiry: Management of the coronavirus outbreak

Further information

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