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flu_cropped.jpgThis week Alison attended a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, to encourage people in Plymouth to get this season’s flu vaccine, in line with Government recommendations. 

Around 50% of at-risk people and 28% of people over the age of 65 were not vaccinated against flu last year in Devon, even though they were eligible for a free flu vaccine on the NHS.

Seasonal flu (influenza) is a highly infectious illness and it is important for those most at risk to be vaccinated against it. The consequences of influenza can be fatal and there were estimated to be 11,000 deaths from flu in the UK in the 2012/13 flu season.

Flu can put a considerable burden on NHS resources. In England and Wales, influenza accounts for over 400,000 GP consultations annually. In England, elderly respiratory hospital admissions during epidemics of influenza cost the UK health service over £22 million every winter.

Alison said “The consequences of having flu for certain groups, such as those with a medical condition, pregnant women, children and people over the age of 65, can be serious. I would therefore urge everyone in Plymouth who is entitled to a free flu vaccine on the NHS to go and get vaccinated.”

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Get your flu jab this winter!

This week Alison attended a flu vaccine clinic held in the House of Commons, to encourage people in Plymouth to get this season’s flu vaccine, in line with Government recommendations. ...

westminster_hall_2.jpgAlison is furious that at a time when Plymouth and the rest of the South West is still waiting for confirmation of work to improve the resilience and efficiency of the rail network down to the City, the Government has backed plans for an estimated £7 Billion investment in rail improvements in the North, known as HS3.

Alison said: “The Government has constantly delayed investment decisions in the South West and is yet again prioritising northern routes.  The financial case for investment in the South West stacks up in terms of economic development in the region, with far lower initial investment than the further work being proposed in the North.

“I am therefore calling on the Chancellor, George Osborne,  and the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin to come clean - are delays in decision making for the Dawlish avoiding line and other upgrades, such as to our ageing rolling stock and for electrification, going to be in the Autumn Statement? Or are these decisions simply being shoved into the long grass, to the other side of a General Election? The people of Plymouth and the whole of the South West deserve to know.”

Alison expresses frustration at delays in South West rail investment as Government back HS3

Alison is furious that at a time when Plymouth and the rest of the South West is still waiting for confirmation of work to improve the resilience and efficiency of...

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Alison attended the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge, at the House of Commons last week.

At the event she took the quick and easy diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for the public to test for the condition and met special guest Hugh Quarshie, who plays Dr. Ric Griffin in BBC’s Holby City and was joining in with raising awareness.

As part of the challenge, MPs were issued with a Pedometer that will measure the amount of steps taken on a chosen day until World Diabetes Day on 14th November 2014, to see who can take the most steps.
Every four minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with diabetes and consequently the NHS spends £1 million an hour on diabetes and its related complications. Currently 3.2 million people in the UK people live with the condition, and an estimated 1 million people may have diabetes without knowing it.

You can learn about the work of Silver Star here: http://www.silverstaruk.org 

Alison said: “I have been wearing my pedometer most days since I met Hugh Quarshie and the Silver Star team. The most steps I took was 11,000 on Saturday whilst I was out in the constituency knocking and doors and talking to people. Taking the challenge has really made me think about the need to be active each day and to maybe walk that extra set of stairs rather than take the lift each time. I hope more people will think about testing for diabetes and I was more than happy to raise awareness about the importance of testing in Plymouth."

Alison takes on the Pedometer Challenge to support Diabetes Awareness in Plymouth

Alison attended the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge, at the House of Commons last week.


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