Today (27 June) marks Armed Forces Day 2020.
Cllr Huw James said "We can thank our armed forces for many things - but in a year of heavy flooding and a pandemic, our Armed Forces are creating resilience in the U.K The Armed Forces facilitated effective mobile testing units across the West Country. I will always be grateful to them for taking care of our community after Weston Hospital’s Major outbreak."
Lib Dem Defence Spokesperson, Jamie Stone MP said: “Between April 2017 and January 2019, the Care Quality Commission rated two out of four MoD mental health centres as inadequate or needing improvement between. There were at least 50% shortfalls in both uniformed and civilian psychiatrist posts in 2017-18. For anyone that is interested about the scale of the funding issue, I would point them towards this Defence Committee report.
Given everything that our Armed Forces have done to support us during the pandemic, I think we are more united than ever as a country in recognising their value. Making sure the MoD is providing the best support possible for serving personnel, veterans, and their families is a big part of saying thank you. It is not enough to salute them today. We must act.”
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