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Coronavirus Update.

 


The coronavirus Covid-19 is a significant and serious health threat to this country - the worst it has faced in a century. The situation is very fast moving, and advice changes daily. 

Rather than try to keep up with the changes, I am linking here to useful information from the government and local authorities, so that you can access the correct and up-to-date information. 

The entire government is focused on dealing with this virus, as well as local authorities, the NHS and everyone across health and social care. Actions will be taken based on the best medical and scientific advice, with consideration for what is best for the population as a whole. The Prime Minister, Chief Medical Officer Prof Chris Whitty & Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance have been outlining the governments’ action plan to tackle the virus, following advice from medical experts. The government will only take extreme measures if the medical evidence shows that it will be helpful, and people should follow the advice given at each stage.  The Government has been clear that it will make decisions following the latest scientific advice from experts. I believe that this is a sensible approach.

We all know that washing our hands is a vital part of preventing the spread of the virus, and when that is not possible, to use an alcohol-based hand gel. Ideally, you should wash your hands when arriving at work or home having been out, after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, and of course after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food. It is difficult not to touch your face, but the virus can be spread by getting it on your hands and then into your eyes, nose or mouth. It gets easier with practise to stop touching your face. Masks will only have limited effect in healthy people – but if a medical professional advises you to wear one then do so.

If you are asked to self-isolate yourself or your family, follow the guidance that you have been given. This is to protect you, but also to protect more vulnerable people everywhere. We should all also be aware that friends and neighbours may need support at this time – perhaps with dropping off shopping, or a phone call to stop people getting lonely.

What to do if you feel unwell:

Stay at home and check the NHS 111 website https://111.nhs.uk/

Do not go to visit your doctor unless advised to. As always, in life threatening situation call 999, but please do save this for emergencies only.

Websites for advice:

There is general advice and information from Public Health England here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

NHS travel advice here:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Foreign Office Travel Advice here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Information from Dorset Council: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19-latest-advice.aspx 

Information from BCP Council: https://www.bcpcouncil.gov.uk/News/News-Features/COVID19/Coronavirus-Covid-19.aspx 

Budget 2020 has good news for Dorset.

 

Michael welcomes many of the announcements made by the Chancellor during this week’s Budget.

Rishi Sunak set out the financial support that the Government is making available to help the economy, workers and communities through the Coronavirus pandemic. Alongside this one of the main themes within the Budget was significant investment in infrastructure. Dorset has been included in several schemes that will improve roads and transport in our area.

£79million of funding for BCP Council through the Transforming Cities Fund for improvements to transport routes, including cycling have been secured. Michael said “I am delighted that BCP Council have secured nearly £80million from the Government to improve transport routes.  The conurbation is amongst the most congested in the Country and this funding will help provide new cycle routes and allow people to make their journeys without getting into their cars.”

Additionally, funding has been given for a strategic study to improve connectivity between the M4 and the Dorset coast.  Michael added “I have been working with colleagues and Councils for a number of years to make the case for improvements to the North/South transport network. It is vital for businesses, and the good jobs they create, to have better access from our port to the motorways.”

Following the prolonged period of poor weather, and flooding in parts of the Country, Michael is delighted that Poole has been awarded £34million to improve flood defences and alleviate the impact of flooding.
“This budget has put the health of the nation as a key priority but also starts to deliver on the promises made during the election. Infrastructure improvements benefit everyone and I am pleased that Dorset has not missed out.”

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Michael discusses mental health with local students.


Michael was delighted to be interviewed by Molly, a student from St Edwards School in Poole as part of a recent BBC Young Reporters project that focussed on mental health and mindfulness.

The school took part in the project and asked Michael interesting questions about the Government's support for mental health, how schools support students and how MPs protect their own mental health.

Michael said “This was an excellent project by the BBC and by St Edwards School. The issue is hugely important for everyone, but especially young people. The school has been able to achieve excellent results whilst ensuring that the mental health of their students is prioritised. The school is involved in important research that I hope in time can be rolled out nationwide.”
 
Rural and urban crime.


 
Michael met with local residents and farmers to discuss the growing issue of rural crime. They discussed a range of issues including the recurring problems of illegal coursing and thefts as well as the frequent blight of fly tipping.

Following that useful meeting, Michael went to Canford Heath to discuss anti-social behaviour which has been a long running issue on the Heath.

Michael said “Dorset is generally a very safe place to live and work. However, it is important that we keep it that way by tackling crime wherever it occurs. Different approaches are required to tackle crime that affects rural areas and it is right that all communities and their needs are given the support that they need. More police officers will help and I am pleased that this will happen.”
World Book Day


 
Michael joined students and staff at Upton Infants’ School and Tops Day Nursery to celebrate World Book Day. At both events Michael read the class a story as part of the national day to promote reading. World Book Day also distributed book tokens that can be used in local bookstores.

Michael said “Reading is so important for children of all ages. I love going into our schools and World Book Day is a great opportunity to promote reading and meet with staff and students. My children are avid readers and I want to encourage all children to read more.”
 
Surgeries 

To book in at one of Michael's surgeries then please do phone the office on 01202 624216 or email Michael at michael.tomlinson.mp@parliament.uk
Ways to contact Michael

By Phone: 
01202 624216
0207 219 5844

By Post: 
House of Commons, 
London, 
SW1A 0AA

By Email:
michael.tomlinson.mp@parliament.uk
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