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Statement from the BMA on lifting Covid restrictions

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MayBeMaw Fri 21-Jan-22 12:05:51

From the British Medical Association re the announcement by Boris Johnson of the end of covid restrictions, including compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops and schools, removal of social distancing in pubs and restaurants, guidance re working from home, and vaccine certificates:

‘Responding to the announcement made by the PM today on his decision to relax Plan B Covid restrictions, BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:

“Today’s announcement from the Prime Minister risks creating a false sense of security when the levels of infection and illness remain high, and the NHS is still under crippling pressure.

“This decision clearly is not guided by the data. When Plan B was introduced in December, there were 7,373 patients in hospital in the UK- the latest data this week shows there are 18,9791. Case numbers too are nearly twice as many.

“The pressures on the NHS are clear for everyone to see. We have a record backlog of 6 million patients at a time when hospitals are cancelling operations, Trusts are declaring critical incidents and ambulance delays are jeopardising public safety. Removing all restrictions risks a rebound in the number of infections across society, would inevitably increase hospitalisation rates, further destabilise patient care and drive up the rate of staff absences and the number of people with long Covid.

“It is vital that the Government acts according to the data and takes a measured approach. Removing effective infection control measures like mask wearing on public transport and indoor crowded spaces will inevitably increase transmission and place the public at greater risk, especially for those who are vulnerable. We recognise the implications of restrictions on our society, but equally we have seen the impact of the failure to control the virus on the economy, business and education.”

“The announcement by the Prime Minister that he will seek to end self-isolation rules is premature, especially given the statement by the WHO earlier today that the pandemic is far from over amidst high global case rates and the risk of new variants emerging.”’

There are times when we seem to have scant regard for the people who actually know what they are talking about sad

Shrub Fri 21-Jan-22 12:15:33

The nation’s economy takes precedence over the nation’s health it seems!?

Pepper59 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:16:49

I had already read what the WHO had said. As I said before you have to look after your own health, don't expect any politician to care about you. I will still be wearing my mask in certain situations and will be for a long time yet.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:17:03

Actually it’s Johnson’s neck that takes precedence

FarNorth Fri 21-Jan-22 12:20:44

Mask wearing in schools and on public transport won't harm the economy.

FarNorth Fri 21-Jan-22 12:22:52

I'm thinking of getting ffp2 masks. It seems they're not as expensive as I thought and can be reused.
At the moment, I go almost nowhere and I'm sick of it.

Lucca Fri 21-Jan-22 12:26:05

Thank you for that.
Well I hope those who are celebrating the end of mask wearing actually read that.
Also those who say anyone who disagrees with what The PM announced is a Boris basher.

Why would anyone take the word of unqualified politicians over that of highly qualified medical experts ??

Lucca Fri 21-Jan-22 12:27:24


I'm thinking of getting ffp2 masks. It seems they're not as expensive as I thought and can be reused.
At the moment, I go almost nowhere and I'm sick of it.

Do it! It makes sense and will improve your quality of life if you get out and about more but with that sensible precaution.

FarNorth Fri 21-Jan-22 12:32:17

Thank you Lucca.

MayBeMaw Fri 21-Jan-22 12:33:11

Why would anyone take the word of unqualified politicians over that of highly qualified medical experts ??

Hear, hear!
Do we let the YOP trainee or baggage handler fly the plane!
Do we let the receptionist fill our teeth?
Would you let the hospital porter do your surgery or the lollipop lady teach your children?

It seems to be fashionable to decry education, expertise or experience. .

EllanVannin Fri 21-Jan-22 12:36:37

The pandemic has a way to go yet so I'm not taking any notice of anyone.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:36:37

Honestly we all knew really didn’t we?

It’s called common sense and our instincts are nearly always right.

rosie1959 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:42:23

The BMA issued a similar response when restrictions were lifted July 2021

Luckygirl3 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:45:25

BJ is minding his own back and placating his backbenchers - for him this matters more that public safety and well-being.

BMA response is not at all surprising. BJ did not wheel out any scientists to back him up in this decision, so it was clear that he knew they would not.

Alegrias1 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:46:20

The BMA. The doctor's Union. Not a learned body.

They're entitled to their opinion as well as the next person, but they are not experts in this matter.

Of course neither is Boris and his gang of reprobates and I think they're going too fast. But I'm afraid the opinion of the BMA doesn't count as gospel. They didn't think we should have a 12-week gap for vaccinations either. Sometimes they're right, sometimes they're wrong.

halfpint1 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:48:27

Far North, I have been wearing ffp2 for a few weeks now, they are super comfortable and there is so much more room to breath than the other flimsy type. Go for it and get your life back on track

MayBeMaw Fri 21-Jan-22 12:48:45

The BMA. The doctor's Union. Not a learned body

But comprised of doctors, health professionals
The clue is in the name. .

LilacChaser Fri 21-Jan-22 12:52:39

It's just the BMA scaremongering again - you watch admissions, deaths, cases plummet - just like they did last time when people threw their arms up in horror at the government daring to relax their rules.

Alegrias1 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:52:44

You mean this BMA?

You mean the BMA that medical students can join? You mean the BMA that got it wrong about 19th July? The BMA that got it wrong about the 12 week gap?

They are not experts. They are doctors entitled to their opinions but they are not experts.

Not a learned body. A Union.

Urmstongran Fri 21-Jan-22 12:52:56

The BMA is a Union. Necessary for doctors in case of litigation cases etc. However, just like the teaching union, they have an agenda. Their prophecy’s are like SAGE.
The Worst Case Scenario.

Urmstongran Fri 21-Jan-22 12:53:27

X posts Alegrias!

MayBee70 Fri 21-Jan-22 12:55:26


The nation’s economy takes precedence over the nation’s health it seems!?

It’s not about the economy. It’s Johnson trying to save himself.

Casdon Fri 21-Jan-22 13:00:19

What’s more interesting is the silence from Chris Whitty and Jenny Harries. They have stood next to the PM on every other announcement, but there has been nothing at all this time. why?

Kali2 Fri 21-Jan-22 13:01:40

Wow Alegrias 'The BMA. The doctor's Union. Not a learned body.'

how many years does it take to become even a Junior Doctor, and a member of the BMA.

They have an 'agenda' umg- please please do tell. What is it?

Urmstongran Fri 21-Jan-22 13:06:15

Oh come on everyone!
I love unions. I was a fully paid up member of UNISON for years back in the day. They take subscriptions to look after their members interests. Of course they do. To think anything else is disingenuous. They bang the drum against the government of the day to further working conditions and pay for their body of workers’ interests. Obvious innit?