Aylesbury MP, Rob Butler, has thanked members of the area’s frontline healthcare and emergency services for their commitment this year.

The MP paid specific tribute to key workers for keeping the community safe over this Christmas time which looks different for thousands of people in Bucks.

Butler thanked a long list of workers including NHS staff, ambulance services, police officers, prison officers and pharmacies.

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He also congratulated the Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on being named Public Service Hero, at the recent Proud of Bucks awards.

Butler said: “This year has been an exceptionally difficult one for all of our emergency and frontline workers, and as the year draws to a close, I wanted to say how grateful I am for all they have done – and continue to do – to keep our communities safe.

“I’m very grateful and immensely proud of the dedication and expertise of our ambulance crews, who will respond to 999 calls, transport patients and deliver vital supplies whilst many of us remain at home this Christmas.

“The ambulance service, perhaps more than anybody else, have seen the effects of coronavirus first-hand, and I was struck by their very clear message: Covid is a silent killer.

“It doesn’t matter who you are, anybody can get it.

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Rob Butler MP with two key workers

“Pharmacies are extremely valuable to our community.

“Despite the challenges of coronavirus, chemists have continued to collect, dispense and deliver medication.

“Pharmacy teams are working tirelessly to ensure the safe and reliable supply of prescriptions during this incredibly difficult period.

“Our local police officers serve our communities every single day.

“They’ve made excellent progress tackling burglaries, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour this year, all on top of needing to respond to the challenge of coronavirus.

“I’m extremely grateful for their hard work and dedication and know that they will continue to be on patrol to keep us safe over Christmas.

“The team at Her Majesty’s Young Offenders’ Institution Aylesbury have done tremendous work throughout 2020, especially to keep inmates safe.

“The work of prison officers goes unseen, but they have confronted the challenge of coronavirus with remarkable skill, commitment and dedication.

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Rob Butler MP with the police

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“Throughout the coronavirus, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has been essential in our local effort to tackle Covid-19; helping other emergency crews and supporting the NHS, as well as their normal firefighting duties.

“Their role in delivering supplies to vulnerable residents and providing PPE training to local care homes shows what a tremendous service they have provided for our community.”