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NHS: Coronavirus

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 82199, tabled on 28 August 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the long term health consequences of covid-19 on the NHS.

Answered on

10 September 2020

The National Health Service and the wider scientific community are currently working to better understand the disease course of the COVID-19 virus including symptom severity and duration, long term effects and how best to support recovery.

The National Institute for Health Research and UK Research and Innovation have invested £8.4 million in the Post-HOSPitalisation COVID-19 study (PHOSP-COVID), led by Christopher Brightling at the University of Leicester. This study is one of the world’s largest comprehensive research studies into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients.

The research currently underway will inform future NHS service design and provision.