After entering a further lockdown as the Covid-19 virus has spiralled out of control, putting the NHS under extraordinary pressure, it is now incumbent upon us all to ensure the Covid-19 vaccines are rolled out safely and swiftly. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on members of the Labour Party to rise to this challenge by signing up to volunteer with the NHS.
Members of South East Cambridgeshire Labour Party have responded immediately to this call to arms, volunteering for a variety of roles.
Volunteers include Labour county council candidates James Bull, Rebecca Denness and Tim Andrews. Rebecca said: “I think it is so important to be involved. The fast roll out of the vaccine is critical. In the meantime, we’ll be in lockdown for some time and many people will suffer from loneliness. That is why I have volunteered as a check-in and chat volunteer.”
James Bull, Labour’s candidate in Waterbeach is keen to get started: “Talking to doctors and nurses on the front line at Addenbrooke’s I know how stretched they are. I will gladly do anything I can as a steward volunteer to take even a tiny bit of the load off their shoulders.”
Dr Nik Johnson, Labour’s candidate for mayor for the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority commented: “I am delighted to learn that so many members are already coming forward to volunteer. As an NHS children’s doctor I see at first hand the unprecedented stress that the NHS is under. I ask the public if they are in a position to do so to visit the NHS Volunteer Responder website and sign up.”