Houghton and Sunderland South MP, Bridget Phillipson has visited Sellafield nuclear site as part of an Industry and Parliament Trust visit to explore the decommissioning challenges facing the workforce based in West Cumbria.
The site employs over 10,000 people, who are engaged in nuclear waste management, decommissioning and construction. The visit involved a briefing on the key activities and a tour of some of the major legacy sites, including the Pile Nuclear Fuel Storage Pond Facility. This was an opportunity for parliamentarians to see at first hand the challenges created by the original nuclear reactors that were built at Sellafield in the 1950s and 60s, that didn’t consider the future clean-up of the nuclear material and waste as the reactors came off-line. [Read More]
By Bridget Phillipson MP
Last Saturday, we celebrated the 66th birthday of the NHS. Like so many people across our country, I am immensely proud of the work that our doctors, nurses and support staff do every day. The NHS is a national institution that ensures that health care is a right, not a privilege. Its founding principles are important today as they were in 1948. But while we look back at the progress we’ve made, we must protect the NHS for the future. There are three important ways we can do this. It is essential that we continue to invest in research to find cures for long-term conditions, such as cancer and dementia. As we live longer, we must also make sure that the NHS is able to meet the challenges of an ageing population. Health care and social care must be more closely linked. Most importantly, the NHS must be able to operate effectively, in the best interests of the public and and patients’ voices should be central to this. [Read More]