ONS figures reveal 1 million people with long Covid as government urged to fix “postcode lottery of care”

Responding to the latest Public Health England figures which found the Delta variant first identified in India has become the dominant strain in the UK, Layla Moran MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus, said:

The government is being urged to fix the “postcode lottery of care” facing those with long Covid, after the latest ONS figures revealed an estimated one million people in the UK were still living with the condition on 2 May 2021.

Self-reported long COVID symptoms were adversely affecting the day-to-day activities of 650,000 people, with 192,000 of these individuals reporting that their ability to undertake their day-to-day activities had been limited a lot.

It comes after an investigation by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus uncovered a postcode lottery of care for long Covid patients, with some waiting over 100 days for treatment. The research also found a number of long Covid clinics around the country were still not up and running several months after having been promised by the government.

Layla Moran MP, who chairs the APPG on Coronavirus and led the first parliamentary debate on long Covid, commented:

These figures should serve as a wake-up call to ministers that they must urgently fix the postcode lottery of care facing those with long Covid.

“Hundreds of thousands of people around the country are struggling with the debilitating impact of this condition yet are still not receiving the care they need.

“Our research has found that long Covid patients are waiting over 100 days for treatment, while in some areas the clinics promised by the government have been delayed.

“The government must take steps to alleviate the suffering faced by those with this cruel disease, and factor in the risks posed by long Covid as restrictions are eased.”

ENDS

Contact: Paul Haydon, [email protected] , 07988395025

Notes to Editors

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on coronavirus is conducting a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic and has so far held over 20 hearings and made over 40 recommendations. The APPG has made a series of recommendations to improve support for those living with long Covid, after receiving evidence from a large number of long Covid sufferers.

A recent investigation by the APPG on Coronavirus, based on Freedom of Information requests to NHS trusts, revealed that some long Covid patients are waiting over 100 days for treatment. Several NHS trusts pointed to financial and operational pressures that have delayed the setting up of long Covid clinics.