In response to the Government’s announcement that some lockdown measures are to be eased from next week, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair said:
“The Westminster Government’s plan to ease certain aspects of lockdown in England is too fast, too confusing and too risky.
“As the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation tonight, the death toll in this country has indeed been tragic, and it would be irresponsible to allow any chance of a second spike of this virus, however, these measures risk doing just that.
“There is no detail of how those being asked to return to work will be protected from the infection or prevented from infecting others and there are mixed messages about returning workers not using public transport when many will not own cars. These pose serious risks of further spread of the infection.
"There is no clarity on how social distancing will be monitored and enforced when lifting restrictions to visiting parks and public places and opening travel to any part of the land.
“Meanwhile the level of testing to monitor spread remains far below the capacity needed and there is still no agreement even about the best app for testing and tracing.
“So the message has to be clear. It is imperative that we do not risk people mixing with each other without the ability to rigidly adhere to social distancing.
“Without this assurance, lives are still at risk and the NHS is still at risk
“Much of the government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic have so far been inconsistent and lacking the absolute caution needed. We need to see clear plans and be confident that the shortcomings of the past are not repeated in the road map out of lockdown.”
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1. Read The Prime Minister's address to the nation.
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