As Health and Social Care Spokesperson from January 2020 to October 2021, Munira led the Liberal Democrats’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic, working constructively with the Government to find solutions to the problems that emerged from the crisis.
When the Coronavirus Bill came through Parliament (a Bill that gave the Government sweeping powers to help manage the coronavirus crisis), Munira attended many behind-the-scenes talks and Government briefings to discuss the Liberal Democrats’ concerns.
Looking after NHS workers
Munira co-signed a letter with Ed Davey MP, Sarah Olney MP and Daisy Cooper MP calling for the Government to cover the cost of emergency accommodation for commuting NHS staff, as well as the congestion charge and parking charges for those still commuting.
Munira co-signed a second letter with over 50 other MPs calling for a compensation scheme for the families of workers who lost their lives to the virus.
Munira pursued the Government to provide adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline NHS workers.
“Munira Wilson, the Liberal Democrat spokeswoman for health, posted an image on social media yesterday of three sets of Motocross anti-fog neon-yellow goggles.
The MP for Twickenham said in a message retweeted more than 900 times that she’d been sent the picture by a frontline doctor.”Daily Mail, 2 April 2020
Munira led a cross-party campaign to improve mental health support during the pandemic.
She wrote a letter urging then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock for more support for people’s mental health. The letter was signed by more than 50 cross-party MPs and Peers.
Munira wrote to then-Health Secretary Matt Hancock raising the concerns of a local children’s hospice on how care might be impacted by the coronavirus.
Munira asked in Parliament about the prioritisation of both NHS and social care staff.
Munira wrote in the national press on the subject of falling standards in social care as a result of coronavirus.
Munira successfully called on the Government to offer adequate support to the self-employed during the pandemic, and lobbied on behalf of those people who were excluded from receiving it.
Getting constituents home
Munira helped around 40 constituents get home from countries they had been stuck in when the pandemic hit.
She asked the FCO Minister what was being done to help a group of four particular constituents get home from Vietnam.