I pay tribute to every single person working in the NHS during this incredibly difficult period.
Throughout this crisis I have been in almost daily contact with local NHS leaders, and I have been relaying any concerns to the relevant Government department.
I know the immediate concern is keeping NHS staff safe and ensuring they have the protective equipment they need, and I am glad that here in Southport our hospital has maintained incredibly effective supply chain links for PPE. It is also why the Government is working to ensure that all NHS staff and their families are able to get regularly tested for coronavirus, while also ramping up the production and delivery of personal protective equipment.
The pay review bodies will make pay recommendations for future years at the appropriate time, and I will support measures which will enable the NHS to continue to attract, retain, and reward staff for their hard work.