Government inaction on Long Covid could cost billions says new report

Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus, said: “Having long argued for urgent Government action to tackle the impact of Long Covid on the UK workforce, it is disappointing to see further evidence of the huge economic cost of this inaction.

“Long Covid will continue to act as a millstone around the neck of our economy until the government acts on our recommendations to recognize the condition as an occupational disease, provide formal guidance to employers and drastically increase funding for research into treatments.”

Dr Dan Poulter, Conservative MP and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus said: “Figures in today’s report should underline the urgency to the Prime Minister that meaningful action is needed to tackle Long Covid, not just as a matter of public health but a crucial economic issue as well.

“As part of doing everything possible to grow the economy and tackle the cost of living crisis, Ministers must prioritize providing treatments and guidance for Long Covid.”

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