Cruise ship passengers with ‘vomiting bug’ concern independent MP

July 9, 2009 at 9:00 am 1 comment

An independent MP has raised the plight of a number of his constituents who have fallen ill on a cruise ship.

Bob Spink, who withdrew from the Conservative party whip in 2008, raised a point of order yesterday afternoon.

“About 350 passengers, some of them my constituents, on the cruise ship the Marco Polo, which is now berthed in Invergordon, have symptoms of norovirus, the vomiting bug,” he told Deputy Speaker Sylvia Heal.

“NHS Highland is considering moving passengers to London on dozens of coaches—a 10-hour journey without sufficient toilet facilities—or on a train.

“Passengers generally want the ship to return to Tilbury as soon as possible; most are being cared for properly, in their cabins, and NHS Highland could put nurses and doctors on board the ship to help.

“How can we in this House ensure that the matter is dealt with properly and in the best interests of our constituents, the passengers?”

Deputy Speaker Heal said it was not a point of order for the Chair.

“Nevertheless, he has been able to express his concerns about many of his constituents.”


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