Marie Rimmer: We owe so much to our armed forces

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November is a time for remembering and earlier this month I attended the remembrance service in St Helens to pay my respects and lay a wreath in honour of those who served and continue to serve in our armed forces.

We owe so much to those who have served our country but as I’ve seen through cases in my office recently, the support is not always readily available for veterans who need it. I’ve highlighted a number of these issues with the Veterans’ Minister recently and I’ll continue to work to ensure that improvements are made to veterans’ services.

As well as remembering the past, it is also important that we support our young people and nurture their talents. Recently I attended a wonderful evening at Rainhill High School in support of the Anthony Walker Foundation.

The school is using the Arts and Drama curriculum to engage and educate young people in equality and diversity and in the process developing some potential stars of the future.

Anthony's mother Gee is always in attendance and appreciative of the school’s support.

Whether older or younger, our NHS is a vital service for residents and it’s essential that we support our hardworking NHS staff and in particular our young doctors.

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has once again proven how the Tories cannot be trusted with the NHS.

His junior doctors’ contract proposals risk making the NHS unsafe, with doctors being overworked, too exhausted to deliver safe care.

In a recent debate in Parliament, I spoke out against these plans and highlighted the real risk we have of losing junior doctors like Elizabeth, a junior doctor working at Whiston Hospital – where she was born – who

would lose up to 30% of her salary under government plans.

Other countries, such as Australia or closer to home, Scotland, can offer her a much better quality of life compared to these plans.

The government cannot impose these conditions that are both unfair to doctors and dangerous to local patients.

As the Member of Parliament for St Helens South and Whiston, I’m always grateful to local residents who contact me about issues that are important to them. If you’d like to get in touch, please email me on or call my office on 01744 752075.