A number of my Widnes constituents have been contacting me regarding not receiving post, I have also not been receiving post. I have also been in contact with a number of my constituents who are Post Workers, some of whom sadly have been and are seriously ill with Covid-19, including a number being hospitalised. There appears to be a high number of Widnes Post Workers who have caught Covid-19 and are obviously having to stay at home to recover and to protect others.
On a practical level I have contacted Royal Mail to seek clarification on what they are doing to make things safer for the Post Workers and what the plans are going forward. I have also contacted the Chief Executives of our local hospitals to advise them of the situation so they can address how to contact people with appointments until services can get back to normal.
In addition I have contacted the Chief Executive of Halton CCG to address alternative communication means for vaccination appointments and Halton Borough Council to ensure the sorting office is being checked to make sure it is safe for our Post Workers, who have been at the forefront of keeping communications going throughout the crisis.
I think the fact that our Postal Workers’ service has been so sorely missed in some parts of Widnes shows how important they are to the community. I wish them all the best in their recoveries and hope to see them back out on their normal rounds as soon as they are fully recovered and well enough.