The BMA has condemned Jacob Rees-Mogg’s attack on a doctor who made repeated warnings about the impact of a ‘no deal’ Brexit as “utterly disgraceful and totally irresponsible”.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Rees-Mogg compared Dr David Nicholl, who leaked details of the Government’s ‘no deal’ Brexit plans over concerns around patient safety, to Dr Andrew Wakefield, the discredited doctor who linked the MMR vaccine to autism in the 1990s.
Responding to Mr Rees-Mogg’s comments, BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:
“Jacob Rees-Mogg’s latest insult about Dr David Nicholl is utterly disgraceful and totally irresponsible.
“Highly experienced doctors like David Nicholl who decide to speak out about risks to life and patient care, should be supported and listened to, not attacked and derided by those who hold positions of responsibility.
“This unwarranted attack is particularly galling as Mr Rees-Mogg belongs to the same government that called upon Dr Nicholl’s expertise to help draft medical opinion for Operation Yellowhammer and who also wrote the mitigations for the event of a no-deal.”
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1. Read the BMA’s latest no deal Brexit briefing here.