Dr Dominic Pimenta has decided to resign because he fears that the behaviour of Boris Johnson’s chief adviser could help trigger a second wave of coronavirus and is angered by the government’s handling of the pandemic.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, the president of the Doctors’ Association UK, said: “It is a tragedy to lose such a dedicated doctor from the NHS. Dr Pimenta’s reasons for quitting will no doubt resonate with the medical profession. Many doctors have been appalled at the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as the crisis has unfolded.
“Despite the best efforts of those of us on the frontline, the UK has the highest excess deaths in Europe. Dominic Cummings’ actions were another blow to the morale of NHS staff who have been working so hard to keep patients safe.
“No one would ever want to walk away from the frontlines during the peak of this crisis. However once the dust settles sadly I would not be surprised to see more resignations.”