Neil Parish opines, Owl comments.
Vaccinations have been organised by the REAL NHS and have been a great success. Maybe the only success we have had so far in the handling of this pandemic.
For example: Test and Trace was marketed as “NHS Test and Trace” but is a disastrous privatised mess with no connection whatsoever to the NHS.
100,000 dead and one of the worst economic hits needs some explanation doesn’t it?
Or is this another example of the Dick Barton gambit: “With one bound he was free……”?
Neil Parish www.devonlive.com
NEIL PARISH IS THE CONSERVATIVE MP FOR TIVERTON AND HONITON
Earlier in the month, I had the opportunity to meet with local members of the Royal College of Nurses. They outlined the unprecedented demand our hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries have experienced in recent months.
Indeed, transmission rates remain high across the county and sadly so do the number of hospitalisations. Their testimonies were a poignant reminder of the challenges our health service faces, and everyone’s individual responsibility to remain watchful to the dangers of Covid-19.
Despite these immense challenges, the rollout of the largest vaccination programme in British history continues at pace. Over six and a half million vaccinations have been carried out across the UK so far, with hundreds of thousands more being administered each day. Here in the West County the latest data shows over four hundred and fifty thousand doses have been delivered.
Rightly, our care givers, clinically vulnerable and elderly, have been prioritised. This is a monumental achievement and testament to the tireless efforts of our local NHS staff, care workers and volunteers.
As we drive to immunise the country, we can be grateful for foresight of the government, last year, to buy multiple potential vaccines and secure their supply. You only have to look across the Channel to see how different things might be.
The Moderna vaccine, for example, has been approved and is due for delivery in the Spring. This will reinforce our vaccine arsenal and help put jabs in arms for the remainder of the population.
Additionally, a further 2,500 vaccine hubs are set to be commissioned across the country, including several mass vaccinations sites. I greatly welcome the opening of one such site at West Point Arena this week, run by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. This facility will ensure thousands more people are vaccinated in Devon each week.
The vaccination programme presents a pathway out of lockdown. Jab by jab, our resilience against this terrible disease is bolstered- creating greater opportunity to ease restrictions.
The Prime Minister has set out his ambition for every adult in the UK to receive the vaccine by the autumn- and he has my full support. In the meantime, we must continue to play our part to help reduce transmission of the disease.
I will continue to work alongside my parliamentary colleagues, NHS Devon CCG and Health ministers to ensure our local health services have the resources them need to carry out this vital task. It has been a long, hard January, but hope springs eternal.