As the MP for Penrith and The Border, I am doing everything I can in Westminster and Cumbria to address the concerns of my constituents. I am feeding in requests to Government for support for all areas of our economy and community and will continue to do so. Equally, I am feeding in to Government regularly and pushing for more flexibility and breadth in the very welcome support schemes that the Government has introduced during this crisis.
I would like to reassure you that ensuring our frontline staff are properly protected is of paramount importance to me, and to my colleagues on all sides of Parliament. I have been pleased to learn that the army has been working to distribute supply of the equipment. Having raised this matter with the department, I know that my colleague the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is taking this issue extremely seriously. I have also flagged concerns locally with both North Cumbria Integrated Care and the Clinical Commissioning Group. However, I will continue to closely scrutinise steps being taken to ensure that all health and social care staff, whether they work in the NHS or other care facilities, are adequately protected and able to carry out their vital roles safely.
If there are specific needs that you are aware of I would suggest contacting Cumbria Resilience Forum at MAST@cumbria.gov.uk who are prioritising the allocation of equipment to front line staff and social care workers thought out Cumbria.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me and please keep safe.
With best wishes