This is a Early Day Motion tabled in the House of Commons on the 8th September 2020 which notes that significant numbers of people in the UK are living with Long COVID, a term for those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 who are continuing to struggle with prolonged, debilitating and sometimes severe symptoms months later. The motion calls for the Government to consider and implement measures to support those living with Long COVID.
What is a Early Day Motion?
Early Day Motions are motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons for which no day has been fixed - as such very few are debated. They are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns. By attracting the signatures of other MPs, they can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.
Early Day Motion 864 - Researching and supporting people with long Covid-19 symptoms
This Early Day Motion was tabled by Andrew Gywnne MP and sponsored by Layla Moran MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Tony Lloyd MP, Clive Lewis MP and Rosie Duffield MP. It reads as follows:
That this House recognises that around 10 per cent of people experience prolonged illness after covid-19 and calls upon the Government to urgently collect and regularly report on the number of those living with long covid by following up on those with confirmed or clinical diagnoses of covid-19; notes that research into the disease should encompass both those who were and were not hospitalised to understand the true scale of the morbidity of the virus; and calls on the Government to swiftly consider and implement measures to support those living with long covid, including offering information and incentives to employers to retain their recovering staff who may or may not have confirmed cases due to limitations in testing, and ensuring that the NHS can support patients in their longer term recovery.