In a letter to Secretary of State Matt Hancock, Councillor Matthew Brown asks him to “urgently take into account” accelerating the roll out to greater threat areas equivalent to Preston as a way to “guarantee equal life probabilities and pandemic exit dates throughout the nation.”
Councillor Brown lists the actions taken within the struggle towards Covid-19 by the Metropolis Council, Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Resilience Discussion board:
“We now have hosted a number of neighborhood testing websites; labored extensively alongside neighborhood and religion leaders to focus on and assist in danger neighborhood teams; led a excessive performing native authority monitor and hint programme; engaged with nationwide campaigns and invested in native campaigns; offered complete Environmental Well being assist to companies within the native space; and now are offering administrative useful resource to allow the mass vaccination web site within the metropolis centre.”
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Councillor Brown says that, regardless of these in depth efforts, a number of components put the town at continued threat from excessive transmission of the virus, together with greater than common deprivation ranges and better threat demographic traits equivalent to ethnicity.
Pointing to current evaluation by the NHS Check and Hint System, the Nationwide Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Well being England, Councillor Brown described quite a lot of these components as being “extremely related to Preston” and “largely past the capability and management of the Metropolis or County Council to find out or affect”.
Councillor Brown ends the letter by saying motion would assist handle the disproportionate impact on weak sections of the Preston neighborhood, and that it’s “crucial as a way to facilitate the discount in mortality charges that we’re all searching for”.
Councillor Brown’s letter follows the same request despatched to the Well being Secretary by Blackburn with Darwen Council. He had beforehand tweeted his assist for the request.
You may learn the complete letter from Councillor Brown to Matt Hancock on the Preston City Council website.
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