Joint statement from local MPs
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31 Jan 2020
people are understandably very concerned about the news that British citizens
travelling back from China will be quarantined in an accommodation block at
Arrowe Park Hospital. Our concern and empathy is with those being brought to
the Wirral under these circumstances. It cannot be easy for them or their
families and we wish to see the Department of Health take every step to make
sure they are comfortable. We understand that public health officials will
provide guidance to all, and residents can find up to date information at www.dh.gov.uk.
have already received lots of emails from our constituents about this. People
are concerned about family members and friends who work at Arrowe Park Hospital
and about patients who are being treated there. It is also a difficult time for
hospital staff, with those who live at the accommodation reportedly being told
to leave at very short notice.
Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, was contacted by the government’s Health
Secretary, Matt Hancock, shortly before news of this story broke, and he has
assured her that the returning British citizens were to be assessed before
boarding their flight to the UK, and that the Department of Health does not
anticipate that any of the people who are arriving at Arrowe Park Hospital from
China will be carrying the coronavirus.
local Members of Parliament we will be monitoring the situation very closely.
We are raising questions with the government, including:
- will existing appointments for
patients be kept?
- will people still be able to
visit patients in hospital?
- can a helpline or web page be
set up to answer queries?
- what safeguards are in place to
monitor movements on the site?
- who is responsible for
enforcing the quarantine?
- where are medical staff coming
from? Are they from Arrowe Park Hospital or elsewhere?
- how are the staff who have been
displaced from their homes being supported? How long will they be displaced for? How will they be compensated?
Whitley, Angela Eagle and Alison McGovern – the MPs for Birkenhead, Wallasey
and Wirral South – are disappointed that the Department of Health did not
inform them before the news broke that the returning British citizens would be
housed at Arrowe Park Hospital. Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary
of State at the Department of Health, has now said that all Wirral MPs will be
kept informed of any developments.
local resident with concerns can contact their own MP who will be happy to act
on their behalf. Local MPs will continue to press for regular updates from the
government and will do our best to keep our constituents informed.