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Harriett Baldwin questions Government on rehabilitation support for covid-19 patients


23rd June 2020

Harriett Baldwin asks the Government about setting up specialist services to help the rehabilitation of people who have had covid-19 and been on a ventilator for a long period.

Covid-19: Continuing Healthcare

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

What plans he has in place for the provision of continuing healthcare for people recovering out of hospital from covid-19. [903692]

The Minister for Care (Helen Whately)

We know that people who have been very ill with covid will take some time to recover and may need ongoing help after they have left hospital. At the moment, as part of the covid emergency measures, continuing healthcare assessments are not required, which means that people can be properly discharged when they are well enough and have access to the ongoing healthcare they need.

Harriett Baldwin

Happy birthday to the Minister. Our wonderful NHS staff have helped so many people recover from this terrible disease and leave hospital, and many of them will have been ventilated for a long time. Is the Minister planning to set up a specialist service that helps with those very difficult cases where a lot of rehabilitation will be needed?

Helen Whately

My hon. Friend raises an important point. We are still learning about the impact of this horrible disease, but we know it may take people some time to recover and they may need extra help after they have been discharged from hospital. We are indeed doing work to ensure that the right support is there for them.

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