Dr Luke's Weekly Update - 4 April 2020

I’m afraid this week I’m not able to write a particularly exciting update. My team and I have been working remotely and very much following the Government’s advice to #StayHomeSaveLives. That doesn’t mean we’ve been any less busy though, in fact without travel time and watercooler moments we’ve probably been working harder than ever!

This week I have:

  • Ensured the safe return of constituents from Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and Indonesia – still more to go unfortunately!
  • Spoke with West Leicestershire CCG and University Hospitals Leicester to go through their plans for dealing with capacity and the sick.
  • Spoken with Ministers about the need for outstanding palliative care.
  • Asked the Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about designating certain zoo staff as key workers.
  • Helped local surgeries and care companies access PPE as they continue to carry out their vital work helping vulnerable people.
  • Listened to constituents feedback and concerns about the support available to businesses and fed this in to the Treasury.
  • Wrote to the Planning Minister to ask about the possibility of a moratorium on new planning applications during the Coronavirus outbreak.
  • Appeared on Sky News to talk about the need for more testing.
  • Continued to update my Facebook page and website with the latest updates on our fight against Coronavirus.
  • Asked further questions to Ministers about a range of Covid 19 related issues including support for the charitable sector; mental health provision for care workers; sentencing for perpetrators of Covid 19 related fraud; the robustness of broadband to support increased levels of home usage; and, involving gyms and personal trainers to keep everyone fit and healthy.
  • Advised local people on how to access the different financial help schemes which are available.
  • Raised issues around the business scheme and furloughing employees at the daily Cabinet Office teleconference
  • Raise the issue of dealing with social unrest and planning with the Chief of Leicestershire Police
  • Connected local companies directly into the Governments testing, hospital building and support effort
  • On Thursday night took to my doorstep to #ClapForTheNHS
  • Taught the puppy to sit before getting food!