By Rosie Duffield MP / HealthKent & Canterbury / / 0 Comments

It is right that the 4 governments of the United Kingdom are working together and jointly produced the Coronavirus Action Plan, and the Labour Party fully supports the strategy to contain, delay, research and mitigate the disease.

To date there have been 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kent and it is likely that we will see many more cases of the virus, both in the UK and globally.

The longer we delay the virus from spreading and the slower the number of new cases rises over time – the less stretched our health services will become.

We can ALL do our part to help in this respect, by following the most up to date Public Health guidance:

-Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.

-Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.

-Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

-Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards.

-Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Contrary to recent reports, Parliament is expected to remain open with some limits on non-essential visits – the details of which will be decided upon in the coming days. MPs are receivng daily updates from the Health Secretary on the latest development. Alongside my Labour colleagues in the Shadow Health Team I am calling for an emergency cash injection for the NHS in the Budget to help to deal with the virus’ impact.

COVID-19 also raises really important questions over our duty of care to those working in the low-pay gig economy who find themselves without the security of employment rights, on which we in the Opposition will be continuing to hold the government to account.

The website is the best source of accurate and up to date information for the public:…/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-t…

The NHS has also published a set of FAQs on the virus:…/coronavirus-covid-19/common-questions/

I’ll continue to keep constituents updated on developments as and when they arise.

By emmalabourrosieadminuser1 / Health / / 0 Comments


Between the 10th-16th June is National Carers Week, recognising the role that unpaid carers play in society. Though there are up to seven million carers in the U.K., their work is often undervalued and ignored by the government. This week therefore raises awareness about the work they do and this year, the central theme is ‘getting connected’. Despite the fact that in Kent alone there are 151,000 carers, only 1 in 10 across the country are officially recognised. Therefore,  this campaign aims to link up carers so that they receive more support, whether that be through groups such as Carers Support East Kent, or through financial support which some unpaid carers may be eligible for.

Rosie Duffield, the M.P. for Canterbury, says: ‘National Carers Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the hard-work of the millions of unpaid carers across the country. I hope that, in line with this year’s theme of ‘getting connected’, the awareness that is raised helps carers realise they are not alone and that there is support out there. Unfortunately though, despite campaigning efforts from groups, including the fantastic Kent-based group #WeCare campaign, the government has abandoned the promised carers strategy. I want to see greater financial support for carers, with their benefits raised in line with Jobseeker’s Allowance, and the launch of a National Care Service.’

Katy Styles, a founding member of the #WeCare campaign, says: ‘Whilst unpaid carers appreciate the week long spotlight that Carers Week throws on us all, carers issues should be a year long focus for decision makers. We Care Campaign continue to campaign for carers to be valued for the enormous contribution they make to society. We are calling for a national Carers Strategy which would support and identify us all and are committed to ensuring carers voices are heard.’




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