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MetiNews.Com - The Government must take action to support people living with the effects of so-called 'long Covid' and recognise the debilitating side effects of the disease such as fatigue, heart palpitations and breathing difficulties, the chair of a group of MPs has said.
Breaking News ! ES News email The latest headlines in your inbox twice a day Monday - Friday plus breaking news updates Enter your email address Continue Please enter an email address Email address is invalid Fill out this field Email address is invalid You already have an account. Please log in. Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences The Government must take action to support people living with the effects of so-called 'long Covid' and recognise the debilitating side effects of the disease such as fatigue, heart palpitations and breathing difficulties, the chair of a group of MPs has said. Layla Moran, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) group on coronavirus, said ministers needed to formally recognise the condition, commit resource to a rapid, comprehensive study of the condition and provide the necessary support. Writing in the BMJ on Wednesday, the Liberal Democrat MP also warned that as the number of people with "long Covid" increases, the situation will become “more and more urgent”. She added: “In August, we heard from people living with long Covid and hundreds more sufferers submitted written evidence to our inquiry. Read more Sunak quizzed on plans to top up wages to protect jobs- LIVE “Their testimonials were incredibly moving and concerning. “What was clear was that we needed to make some urgent recommendations to the Prime Minister; the health, wellbeing and employment arrangements for those living with long Covid remain unaddressed. “And as the number of people with long Covid grows, the situation gets more and more urgent.” Tens of thousands of people with so-called long Covid have had symptoms of illness for more than three months, according to a report published earlier this month. Breathlessness and fatigue have been reported by long-term sufferers and some have described how going shopping or climbing stairs can leave them bedridden for days. Coronavirus in numbers: UK coronavirus cases at 409,729 Ms Moran said she had written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson on August 24 with APPG’s recommendation but had not received a response. The recommendations include more research into the condition and its long-term effects, new guidelines for employers and GPs to help sufferers return to work, and the regular collection of data on the number of people living with long Covid.
She added: “It all has to start with formal recognition and we’re not even there yet.
“At the time of writing, I have not received any response from the Prime Minister to our recommendations.
“If we can’t even respect those suffering with this condition by formally acknowledging their plight, how are we supposed to put the support in place that is clearly needed?
“What’s clear is that general awareness of long Covid, and its seriousness, is too low in Westminster.
“That’s why as an APPG we will continue to work hard in the coming weeks to raise awareness of it in both Houses of Parliament.
“After all, we’re doing this to save lives. That’s what matters.”
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A Government spokeswoman said it had committed £8.4 million to one of the “world’s largest comprehensive research studies” into the long-term health impacts of coronavirus on hospitalised patients.
She added: “As we continue our fight against this global pandemic, we are constantly learning more about the impact of coronavirus, including on longer-term physical and mental health.
“The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also convened a roundtable meeting with researchers and clinicians to establish what more can be done to understand and mitigate the long-term health effects of Covid-19.
“Guidance has already been provided to the NHS on long-term effects of Covid-19, including how this should inform personalised patient care plans.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has previously admitted that he is "worried" about the long term impacts plaguing coronavirus "long-haulers", and has used it as a warning to young people who think they are immune to the disease.
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