‘Disgraceful’ for MP to draw parallels between PM’s rule-breaking and healthcare workers, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Last reviewed: 13 April 2022
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Responding to the MP Michael Fabricant’s comments comparing the Prime Minister’s Covid rule-breaking to the behaviour of healthcare workers, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:

“Doctors and their colleagues will be incensed to hear their names being used to defend the rule-breaking of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.

“Throughout the pandemic doctors, nurses and all healthcare staff, after exhausting days, many in full PPE and dealing with some of the most harrowing experiences of their careers, were doing all they could to protect themselves, their patients and their loved ones.

“Some stayed away from home, or kept themselves apart from their partners and children in their households, desperately putting their families’ safety ahead of their own wellbeing as they coped with the greatest professional challenge of their lives.

“Much like the vast majority of the public, they had no difficulty understanding and complying with the law, driven by their duty to keep everyone safe.

“It’s disgraceful and deeply out of touch with the reality in our health service for an MP to draw a parallel between flagrant rule-breaking and the diligence, compassion and professionalism of healthcare workers.”

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