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Coronavirus: Palliative Care

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 30733, tabled on 17 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standards on care of dying adults in the last days of life and the guidance in the June 2014 One Chance to Get it Right report, what plans he has for palliative care provision during the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

25 March 2020

Ensuring the continued provision of high-quality personalised palliative and end of life care, as laid out in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence quality standards and the 2014 One Chance to Get it Right report, is a key aspect of the national response to COVID-19.

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working closely with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, clinicians and people with lived experience to limit disruption to current service provision and patient experience, whilst also planning for any additional capacity that is required.