NW Norfolk MP James Wild on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Ukraine, two moving tales of freedom
Two moments this week were particularly moving. First, on Monday morning I walked into Parliament and saw Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her husband and daughter laughing and smiling.
They were relaxing before giving a press conference in which Nazanin rightly referred to other individuals the Iranian regime continues to hold hostage including Morad Tahbaz and the importance of securing their freedom.
Later that day, I watched the video of my constituent Tanya being reunited with her mother and sister as they arrived in the UK having been forced to flee from Putin’s appalling attack on Ukraine. I am very pleased they have made it here. As a MP, my focus is on helping constituents and my priority has been supporting Tanya and others to bring their families here.
My thoughts are with all Ukrainians who continue to suffer from Putin’s appalling actions. The images of civilians with terrible injuries and people killed underline his total lack of humanity.
With millions of people fleeing Ukraine, it is vital we continue to provide humanitarian support and help people come to the UK or support countries bordering Ukraine where many prefer to stay.
Alongside that we must continue to provide military support and take economic sanctions against Putin and those enabling his illegal invasion.
In Parliament this week, I secured a debate on Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This was a chance to highlight the significant improvements in patient care that QEH staff have delivered over the last three years as recognised last month by the health regulator. Importantly, it was another opportunity to make QEH’s compelling case to be selected as one of the new hospital schemes.
Given the state of the buildings which are a decade beyond their planned lifetime, modernising the hospital is vital to offering a better experience for patients, their families, and staff. I will continue to keep campaigning to get the major investment that patients and staff need.
In speaking to QEH’s chief executive ahead of the debate, I was also updated on the situation on Covid where there are 116 positive patients in the hospital.
Most of those patients did not present with Covid – they were admitted for other reasons. Although case numbers in the country have increased as was expected when restrictions were removed, the number of people requiring ventilation remains low.
That is due in large part to the vaccines and it is important that people take up the offer if they haven’t had their jabs so far.
The most vulnerable will be invited to get Spring booster jabs. People aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed will be invited to arrange a jab through the national booking service when it is their turn. It can be accessed online at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119. The programme is expected to cover 5 million people in total and will help top up immunity.
If you haven’t taken up the offer of a vaccine yet then walk-in slots are available. Now is the time to grab a jab as we continue to live with this virus.