In a debate in Parliament this week, Munira called on the Government to take urgent action to address the long waiting times for mental health treatment and elective surgery that have resulted from a backlog created by the pandemic.

This has meant that people with mental health issues have struggled to get the support they need when they need it. Those needing elective surgery such as hip replacements are having to wait months for their operation.

To tackle this growing problem, Munira suggested a range of solutions. She called on the Government to make use of all availability capacity as well as to ensure staff are treated well. NHS staff have gone above and beyond in the pandemic to look after the vulnerable. Munira made the case that their recovery is crucial to the wider recovery of the NHS.