After the tragic events in Paris last week, it becomes ever clearer that we must unite as a country in the face of any threats which threaten our culture.
The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices last week threatened freedom of speech, which is one of the main pillars of our society.
Over the weekend I saw huge support from the people in Morecambe and Lunesdale, repeating Je Suis Charlie Hebdo online in solidarity. I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone in my community to send my sincere condolences to the people of Paris.
This heinous attack in Paris comes with a warning to people in the UK. Prime Minister David Cameron said the UK was facing the same threat from the “fanatical death cult of Islamist extremist violence”.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, this Government are determined to give the security services more powers to intercept the communications of terrorist suspects and will be revisiting the current rules on inception in the next Parliament.
Last week in Parliament I received some figures from the Department of Health regarding NHS staffing levels at our hospital Trust. The figures showed an average increase of 6.75 per cent since 2010 of staff including doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors and qualified health professionals.
The figures also showed that the number of doctors employed by the Trust increased by 15.7 per cent since 2010. These figures are testament to the hard work of the new management team at the Trust who are addressing problems and issues which occurred prior to 2010.
This week also showed A&E waiting times figures for November 2014. Our hospital Trust met its target for this period, where some other Trusts did not.
I would like to thank our fantastic A&E and hospital staff for meeting the target and ensuring that patients who attend our hospitals are receiving the best possible care in the most timely manner.
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