DEBBIE Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is still working hard with her feet up as she recuperates from a hip operation.
In a notice to her constituents ahead of the operation in the first week of July, she explained: “I am writing to let you know of an upcoming surgery on my hip which will impact on my availability over the next couple of months.
“I have been experiencing severe hip pain over the last three years, for which I have been receiving excellent NHS treatment at regular intervals.
“Just over a year ago I was told that a hip replacement operation would be necessary as other treatment options had been exhausted.
“I deferred this operation as there was a heavy workload in Parliament and within the constituency and I didn’t feel I could miss the six-eight weeks recovery time that this operation will necessitate.
“However, the pain and damage being done to my hip has now reached a point where I need to have the operation.
“As a result I will have very limited mobility for six-eight weeks, so you may not see me around as often I’d like and my constituency engagements will be restricted.
“Luckily, the timing means I will only miss three weeks when Parliament is sitting and the majority of my recuperation will be in the summer recess.
“My office will, of course, remain open throughout this time, my staff and I will be dealing with casework for constituents and there will be appointments for urgent issues with constituency colleagues, as required.
“The office is open to the public Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am-1pm and you can also contact me and my team on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0161 624 4248 with your enquiries or to book an appointment with the team.”