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Darren’s Update Fri 27th March 2020

27th March 2020 Darren Henry MP, Updates from Politicians Tags: 0 Comments

Dear people of Broxtowe,

On Wednesday evening (25th of March) after passing the Coronavirus Bill, Parliament went into the Easter recess a few days early and this will last until 21st April. This does not mean that MPs and their staff will be on holiday. Far from it. It also does not mean that the House of Commons is shut down. For example, the work of Select Committees will continue and will be done remotely. I shall be making sure that I contact Ministers on your behalf, and I will be trying to make sure that they answer your questions. Here in Broxtowe, my team and I will be serving you throughout this difficult time. My team and I have had to find new ways of working to ensure that we follow the guidance of Public Health England and the Government. My staff, in line with this advice, has been and continue to be working remotely. This means working from home, making use of virtual meetings, telephone calls, WhatsApp and other communication technologies. Please be assured that all correspondence is being dealt with.

Yesterday (26th of March) I took part along with the rest of the nation in the National Round of Applause to show my gratitude to those on the front-line tackling the coronavirus. I alsohave been in touch with the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) and asked them about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is a priority of mine that we support those who are supporting us. I will be continuing to work with the Government to ensure that all the staff that need PPE have got access to it. 

I am so pleased that over 560,000 volunteers have signed up to the new NHS ‘volunteer army’. These volunteers will be helping vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. There are four core roles that these wonderful volunteers will be doing:

1. Community Response volunteer

2. Patient Transport volunteer

3. NHS Transport volunteer

4. Check-in and Chat volunteer.

If you would like to join up as a volunteer, you can do this via this link:

These NHS volunteers will be reinforced by the ‘Your NHS Needs You’ recruitment drive. So far, 15,266 former professionals in England have come forward to help the NHS tackle coronavirus and they will be deployed from this weekend. If you have clinical skills and would like to return to help the NHS tackle this pandemic, you can sign up via this link:

There will also be further support from next week as 5,750 final year medics and 17,000 final year nursing students in England will also be asked to consider moving into frontline placements. I am happy to that all the necessary and appropriate support will be provided to these students.

My website is constantly being updated with the latest advice and announcements on the coronavirus and the link is here:

I would write ‘enjoy your weekend’ but for some people this weekend will seem like a weekday. I would like to express my upmost gratitude to all those who are working hard and around the clock to keep us safe. Remember, stay at home to protect the NHS our loved ones and our Broxtowe community. 

I am here to serve everyone in Broxtowe.


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