To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of winter 2021-22 on the NHS; and what mitigation measures he has put in place to prevent any crisis in the NHS during that period.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
24 September 2021
NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with National Health Service providers to ensure appropriate operational plans are in place for winter, including meeting potential increases in the demand for emergency care driven by seasonal flu and COVID-19.
We have launched the largest ever seasonal flu vaccination programme and COVID-19 booster vaccines for priority groups and provided an additional £1 billion this year to address backlogs in elective care.