To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the average amount of additional (a) therapy and (b) other health support that disabled children will potentially be required to have to help tackle the effect of missed services during the covid-19 outbreak.
29 July 2021
No specific assessment has been made. However, as part of COVID-19 recovery planning we are working with the Department for Education and NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the provision of health services and support, including therapies, to disabled children. In 2020, NHS England and NHS Improvement published guidance making clear that restoration of essential community services must be prioritised for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged up to 25 years old and who have an Education Health and Care Plan in place or are going through an assessment for one.