Isle of Wight NHS staff and care workers thanked for remarkable work during Covid-19 outbreak

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, highlighted and praised the work of NHS staff and care workers during the health debate on Wednesday

bob seely in parliament

Isle of Wight Conservative MP, Bob Seely, has praised Isle of Wight NHS and care home staff in Parliament and highlighted the need for more financial support for IW NHS services – part of his ‘Island Deal’.

During a health debate on Wednesday (24th June), Bob highlighted the work undertaken by the IW NHS Trust throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

“I thank NHS staff on the Isle of Wight for the remarkable work they have done, and I thank the leadership team under Maggie, Darren and Vaughan for the work they have done to reconfigure St Mary’s Hospital incredibly quickly.”

Extraordinarily diligent care home staff
Bob went on to praise care home staff who he said had been extraordinarily diligent and highlighted the importance of frequent staff testing in care homes.

Continuing his campaign for an Island Deal, Bob raised points about the fragility of health services in unavoidably small hospitals – of which St Mary’s is one – and the significant additional pressures they face.

He said:

“We put the additional extra costs of running an unavoidably small hospital on an island at about £12 million a year.

“The NHS long-term plan sets out a 10-year strategy and it says it is unable to find evidence of specific unavoidable costs, but I beg to differ. I think we have evidence of what those unavoidable costs are, both generally in terms of unavoidably small hospitals, but also specifically in the case of the Isle of Wight.

“We have specifically listed and itemised those additional expenditures when compared to a hospital that has a more average size population. As the Minister knows, St Mary’s is about half that of a normal district general hospital.”

Seely: Want NHS workers to have support they need
Speaking after the debate Bob said:

“I want to ensure that our NHS workers here receive all the support they need, not only to continue their excellent work, but also to be pioneers. I will continue to push the Government on additional support for our IW NHS services.”

During the debate Bob also publicly thanked Islanders for using the NHS Covid-19 app and said he would continue to push for the Island to take part in future pilot schemes.

News shared from the office of Bob Seely, Ed

Thursday, 25th June, 2020 12:11pm



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5 Comments on "Isle of Wight NHS staff and care workers thanked for remarkable work during Covid-19 outbreak"

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Seely’s Wiki entry is really revealing about the man. It is a mammoth entry for someone who, as a politician and journalist, has achieved pretty much zero. Bizarrely, he has also objected to Chinese ownership of a dating site because: “The Chinese state very likely now has access to highly sensitive sexual information relating to the 3.1 million people who date on it daily.” Seriously strange thing… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

Interesting…. given that our MP was one of the 331 who voted against NHS workers being tested weekly for Covid-19…


Didn’t Seely promise to do his bit for the community, run errands etc for the elderly and so on? Did his actions live up to his promise? If not, then shame on him for basking in the reflected glory of those who actually did something beneficial for the Island residents.

Geoff Brodie

Total hypocrite.

Alternative Perspective

Let’s hope the IW NHS Trust now gets the additional funding necessary to run St Mary’s hospital, and it doesn’t slip back into deficit, with all the issues for services, staffing and patients that brings.