DELAYING FURTHER RESTRICTIONS IN NOT WANTING TO ‘CANCEL CHRISTMAS’ HAS PUT PATIENTS AT RISK
The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) has been alarmed by the surge in cases and hospital admissions, especially in London and the South East. Doctors called for tighter restrictions well over a week ago expressing concern regarding the relaxation of the rules over the Christmas period.
NHS staff will support the movement of high-risk areas into Tier 4, but with cases surging many will be wondering if this is too little, too late.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, President of DAUK and a senior intensive care registrar in the South East said:
“We realise how disappointing the new restrictions will be for many today, especially those in Tier 4 areas. However, doctors across the UK, but especially those in the South East are telling us that the surge in cases is already putting hospitals and critical care units under enormous strain.
NHS staff are grateful to the public who have sacrificed so much to protect each other and our health service. But with the emergence of a new variant, sadly restrictions must be revisited. COVID will not take 5 days off over Christmas, and neither will NHS staff who do all they can to keep patients safe over the festive period.”