On Friday I was honoured to be asked to officially open the new extension of the Zero Harm Centre at Heysham 2 Nucelar Power Station.
As many of you know I am a staunch supporter of the nuclear power industry not least because it is the biggest employer in Morecambe and Lunesdale. Every time I visit Heysham 2 I am always extremely impressed with the rigorous safety procedures on the site and with the dedication of the staff to their work.
Heysham 2 is a huge asset to our national energy generation, in 2014 it had the highest output of any nuclear power station to date. Putting this into perspective the station generated 10.44 terawatt hours of electricity which could power the whole of the UK for 10 days or enough low carbon energy for the whole of Greater Manchester every day for a year.
This could not happen without the staff dedication to the highest safety standards.
On Friday evening I attended a charity event in Blackpool to raise money for Donna’s Dream House.
Donna’s Dream House is a facility in Blackpool, which provides free holidays to children who have life threatening illnesses and their families, the charity helps families from all over the North West and I know some of my constituents are heavily involved in fundraising for the charity. I was invited to the event by my constituents Katie and Kevin Hyde who do a great deal of fundraising in the area for Donna’s.
This week the Better Care together team released their proposals for the future of Health provision in the area.
Better Care together includes the Hospital Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group.
The report emphasises that the services at the Royal Lancaster infirmary are protected and strengthened for acute and emergency cases and there will also be greater emphasis on community health services for minor ailments and long term health conditions.
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