Government accused of being ‘wilfully negligent’ after ruling out Covid Plan B

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doctors Ministers have been accused of “willful negligence” after the health secretary refused to immediately implement the government’s coronavirus “Plan B”.

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Sajid Javido said people should do things like wear masks in crowded places along with their Covid-19 vaccine and any booster shots as he reiterated a warning that the country could reach 100,000 a day as the country faces a challenging Enters the winter period.

But he said the government would not implement its “Plan B” strategy “at this point”.

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England’s autumn and winter coronavirus strategy includes a “Plan B” as a contingency measure if NHS Comes under uncertain pressure.

This could include making face coverings legal in some settings, introducing mandatory vaccine-only Covid-status certification and asking people to work from home.

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BMA Council President Dr Chand Nagpaul said: “The Government of Westminster said it would implement a ‘Plan B’ to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed; as doctors working on the front lines, we can unequivocally say that now is the time.

“By the health secretary’s own admission we could soon have seen 100,000 cases a day and now we have the same number of weekly Covid deaths as it did during March, when the country was under lockdown.

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“It is therefore incredibly concerning that he is unwilling to take immediate action to save lives and protect the NHS.”

Nagpaul said the government had “taken its foot off the brake, giving the impression that the pandemic is behind us and life has returned to normal”.

He said the reality of the situation is “unacceptable” rates of infections, hospital admissions and deaths, which he said are “unheard of in similar European countries”.

Dr Nagpaul said: “It is the willful negligence of the Government of Westminster that no further action is being taken to reduce the spread of infection, such as mandatory mask wearing, physical distancing and ventilation requirements in high-risk settings, particularly Indoor crowded places.

“These are measures that are the norm in many other countries.”

Meanwhile, former Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sir Mark Walport said the current restrictions against the coronavirus are probably “not holding things up”.

He told BBC Newsnight: “Am I worried? Yes. It is prepared very delicately. We have a lot of cases at the moment.

“Winter is coming, the flu is probably coming. This is not a good place to be. The evidence is that the current measures are probably not holding things up.”

At a Downing Street briefing on Wednesday, Mr Javid said the UK was seeing “more pressure” on the NHS, but that the government would “do what it takes to ensure that this pressure does not become untenable, and we do not allow the NHS to be overwhelmed”. For “.

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Deaths at this time are “mercifully short-lived”, he said, but added: “We have always known that the winter months will pose the greatest danger to our path to recovery.”

Mr Javid also said that if people do not get vaccinated and fail to change behaviour, it is more likely that restrictions will return.

“Am I saying that if we don’t do our job, get vaccinated, all the behavior changes we can, that we’re more likely to face sanctions when winter comes…? Then I I am saying so

“I think we’re really clear that we all have a role to play.

“If enough people don’t get their booster jabs, if not enough of those people who were eligible for the original offer, then the 50 million people I’ve talked about remain without vaccinations, if they Don’t come forward if people don’t wear masks when they really should be in a really crowded place with a lot of people that they usually don’t hang out with if they’re not washing their hands and stuff. If so, it’s going to affect all of us.

“And it’s certainly more likely that we’re going to have more restrictions. Now we want to avoid those.

“We’ve determined what those restrictions might look like, we’ve determined alternative plan For example restrictions, and we all want to avoid them.

“So we’ve all got a role to play. We can do it, because we’ve already done it… and so, if you’re invited to be vaccinated please take it. Please please.

“We have a lot of vaccines, and we just need people to come forward and do their part to help us defeat this virus and move forward and be more and more normal every day.”

Mr Javid urged people to get their vaccines, which include Covid boosters and jabs for the flu.

As of 9am on Wednesday, 49,139 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases had been reported in the UK.

Meanwhile, a further 179 people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 till Wednesday, according to government data.

Hospital admissions in the past seven days averaged 868, an increase of 11% from 780 a week ago.

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