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Crawley News 24 now accepts opinion pieces from our readers for publication.

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The letters pages of papers have always been a great way for people to express their views and now we are opening this up to everyone who reads our news.

If there is something you would like to talk about, a view you would like to give or just an opinion you feel others would like to read then now you can send it in to us for publication on our Opinion page.

We will endeavour to post every letter we received as long as the following is met:

Opinion pieces must be emailed to: info@crawleynews24.co.uk

Must be accompanied by your full name and address. No anonymous letters will be published. If there is a genuine reason not to publish the name of the author then this may be accepted on request of the sender and with agreement of the editor.

Crawley News 24 reserves the right to edit any opinion pieces it receives for any reason.

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: It was a happy 72nd Birthday for the NHS as hundreds more doctors & nurses come to the south east

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The weekend saw the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the National Health Service. Unquestionably an important date in the story of our country; the people who work in our health and care system are some of the very best our nation has to offer.

It is with this in mind that I welcome the news that there are over 820 more doctors and over 2,200 more nurses in the south east of England compared to last year, with some 6,000 more doctors and 12,000 more nurses nationally.

Whether you are one of these new members of staff, you have worked in the sector for some time previously, or if you are one of the healthcare professionals who returned as part of the response to COVID-19; we appreciate your dedication and we thank you.

It is right that NHS staff with COVID-19 symptoms are tested as a priority, with regular testing of asymptomatic staff in situations where there is an incident or outbreak, in addition to regular surveillance testing across staff. This approach has been decided by clinical experts, including the Chief Medical Officer; with the Government continuing to review clinical evidence to ensure that regular testing of staff without symptoms is undertaken where appropriate.

My thanks to Crawley and Sussex NHS staff for the briefings I have received on their work during the pandemic. Since March, Crawley Hospital has been upgraded with 28 extra beds that are now operational for patient care, with the number of 999/111 call staff locally being significantly increased.

Over £14 billion has been provided for the NHS and public services during the pandemic to increase critical care capacity, provide staff with the equipment they need, and to ensure those on the frontline are supported.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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