At the Liberal Democrat Autumn conference, the Party has passed a motion which, if taken up by the Government, would see the UK get a grip on the coronavirus crisis.
In particular, the motion urges the Government to not only recognise ‘Long Covid’, but to commission research into the phenomenon and invest in rehabilitation services to help people recover from the virus.
Following the passing of the motion, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Munira Wilson said:
“As we enter into a second wave, it is essential that the Government learns the necessary lessons from the first wave of the pandemic and steps up support for all those who need it. In particular, it is crucial the Government puts in place a rehabilitation strategy for all those who have fallen seriously ill from the virus.
“Ministers cannot pretend that everyone bounces back after 14 days – there will be thousands of people recovering from coronavirus who will need further support after being discharged from hospital for example.
“This not only means the Government needs to commission research into ‘Long Covid’ so that we can understand more about the long term impact of the virus, but people also desperately need personalised rehabilitation with additional support from community services, and the Government must work with the NHS and royal colleges to make sure that happens.
“The NHS is about to be put under a huge amount of pressure once again as we head into this second wave. It is vital this Government scales up provision so, that whether medical concerns are coronavirus or not, people get the care they need.”