Press Release: Urgent guidance needed for doctors and cancer patients

In response to the PM’s self-isolation guidance, Layla Moran MP has this evening written to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, to call for urgent guidance on whether immunosuppressed patients, including the tens of thousands currently undergoing chemotherapy, should travel to receive treatment in hospitals.

Doctors and clinicians are currently operating without guidance from the Department of Health to pass on to vulnerable patients. 

Layla Moran MP commented:

“People with suppressed immune systems, including those undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer, are some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Many now face a terrifying choice of either isolating at home and missing treatment or risking infection by travelling to a hospital. They will naturally look to their clinicians and doctors for advice on this.

“I’m deeply concerned to hear that doctors and clinicians have not received guidance to pass on to these vulnerable patients from the Department of Health, and I am calling on the Secretary of State to provide it as a matter of urgency. 

“Now more than ever, it is vital that the Government protects the most vulnerable in society and our medical professionals, by ensuring that the correct guidance is available at the right time.”

 


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