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Chronic Illnesses: Medical Treatments

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 52077, tabled on 1 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans are in place to ensure lessons learned during the covid-19 pandemic including the use of proven apps and digital solutions, are embedded into relevant patient pathways for long term conditions.

Answered on

18 June 2020

During the pandemic, digital and remote general practitioner consultations and outpatient appointments have become usual across England. Providers have been rolling out remote consultations using video, telephone, email and text message services as a priority. David Probert, chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been leading a taskforce to support acute providers to rapidly create these capabilities, with NHSX leading on primary care. As the National Health Service moves to return to business as usual activity, services across the country will look to maintain and build on new ways of working that have demonstrated their effectiveness during the pandemic.