Responding to the Government announcement that the UK will be sending more than 600 pieces of vital medical equipment to India to support the country in its fight against Covid Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “It is heart-breaking and difficult to comprehended the harrowing impact that COVID-19 is having in India, with reports of spiralling daily infection rates and patients suffering and dying due being unable to access hospital beds, oxygen, drugs and necessary treatment.
“The BMA wrote to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Friday calling for the UK Government to fulfil its moral obligation and be a frontrunner in providing support to countries that are hit hardest by the virus, at any moment in time, and as such we welcome today’s announcement as an important step alongside a global effort to support one another in combatting this deadly virus that is continuing to wreak havoc in many parts of the world.
“Our thoughts are also with the relatives of so many people who have lost loved one, as the well as exhausted healthcare staff - who are working tirelessly in a healthcare system that has become overwhelmed with a lack of infrastructure and vital equipment in order to treat patients and save lives.”
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