Portsmouth South’s Stephen Morgan MP has written out to over fifty care providers and residential homes to thank staff for their tireless efforts for our city and asking workers to keep him informed over PPE shortages
The latest action by the follows a series putting pressure on Government to take urgent measures to address the supply of personal protective equipment in the social care sector and pushing for regular testing for those working on the frontline.
The MP has lobbied the Health Secretary, submitted urgent parliamentary questions as well as writing to the Prime Minister directly calling for greater measures to help social care services succeed in keeping people safe and well.
Writing to staff teams in over fifty care settings, Stephen Morgan MP said:
“Thank you and all your staff who are contributing such vital care for residents during this public health emergency.
During this crisis many of your staff will have family responsibilities and personal caring duties on top of their work responsibilities.
On behalf of our whole community I would like to convey our thanks and admiration for the selfless work they continue to do”.
Ensuring local providers have a good supply of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is a top priority for the city MP who is liaising with the city council, local resilience forum and Government departments over concerns.
Looking ahead to when the country recovers from the coronavirus crisis, the MP hopes lessons will be learnt in recognising the efforts of those working on the frontline. He added:
“I trust that when this pandemic has passed, society may recognise more clearly the interdependence we all have upon each other and show its appreciation to you and others on the frontline performing essential caring roles in more tangible ways”.
An online petition has been set up to show to Government the strength of feeling in Portsmouth for protecting staff on the frontline. To show your support for these efforts go to www.stephenmorgan.org.uk/covid-19/protecting-the-frontline/