Hundreds of doctors sign open letter to PM: Need debate on ‘flawed covid guesses’

OVER a hundred doctors and health professionals have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister calling for an “open and proper scientific debate” about the pandemic policy arguing covid restrictions are based on flawed assumptions.

By LUCY JOHNSTON, HEALTH EDITOR

A hundred and thirty three doctors, nurses, psychiatrists paramedics and midwives signed the letter released today which states that despite a “complete lack of widespread approval among health professionals,” of the pandemic policies, “no attempt” has been made to measure the harms of lockdown policies. The letter, also addressed to the Health Secretary and First Ministers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland states: “You have failed to engage in dialogue and show no signs of doing so. You have removed from people fundamental rights and altered the fabric of society with little debate in Parliament.” 

The signatories, from a broad range of specialities, came forward despite the risk of doing so to both their jobs and reputations.

Founding signatory Dr Ros Jones, a retired paediatric consultant said: “We wrote the letter as a group of healthcare professionals, connected only by our deep concern and shared commitment to “first do no harm.”

We can no longer stand by in silence. We are not the first group of medically and scientifically qualified professionals to write in such terms to the Government. In March, 22 eminent scientists publicly called for drastic policy change. We sincerely hope we will be the last who feel the need to write such a letter.”

Dr Alan Mordue, another founding signatory said: “To move forward now our governments urgently need to facilitate a wider and open debate within the medical and scientific community, for the short term as we lift restrictions, and the longer term to improve how we manage winter respiratory viruses and pandemics in the future.”

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Boris Johnson is being urged to launch a ‘proper scientific debate’ (Image: PA)

Concerns voiced in the letter include accusations that no Minister responsible for policy “has engaged in an open and full discussion of alternative ways of managing the pandemic,” despite being aware of other medical and scientific viewpoints. 

It adds the pandemic response policies have caused “significant, permanent and unnecessary harm” to the UK and “must never be repeated.”

The letter focuses on 10 areas where the UK’s approach to COVID failed. It argues the nature of the covid threat has been exaggerated, it claims the use of behavioural science to generate fear was “inappropriate and unethical” and it argues the role of asymptomatic spread has been overplayed and used to promote public compliance with restrictions.

Finally it states that restrictions have been imposed with an overreliance on modelling data whilst ignoring real world data. 

The signatories called for a “sea change within the Government “which must now pay proper attention to those esteemed experts outside its inner circle who are sounding these alarms.”

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The letters say Ministers have not been asked to discuss other ways of managing the pandemic (Image: Getty)

The signatories include

Dr Jonathan Engler, MB ChB LLB (Hons) DipPharmMed

Professor John A Fairclough, BM BS B Med Sci FRCS FFSEM, Consultant Surgeon, ran vaccination program for a Polio Outbreak, Past President BOSTA, for Orthopaedic Surgeons, Faculty member FFSEM

Mr Tony Hinton, MB ChB, FRCS, FRCS(Oto), Consultant Surgeon

Dr Renee Hoenderkamp, BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Ros Jones, MBBS, MD, FRCPCH, retired consultant paediatrician

Mr Malcolm Loudon, MB ChB MD FRCSEd FRCS (Gen Surg) MIHM VR

Dr Geoffrey Maidment, MBBS, MD, FRCP, retired consultant physician

Dr Alan Mordue, MB ChB, FFPH (ret), Retired Consultant in Public Health Medicine

Mr Colin Natali, BSc(Hons), MBBS FRCS FRCS(Orth), Consultant Spine Surgeon

Dr Helen Westwood, MBChB MRCGP DCH DRCOG, General Practitioner

Other signatories: 

 Dr Fiona Martindale MRCGP, General Practitioner 

Dr Ian Comaish BM BCh Affiliations: FRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmologist 

Dr Eashwarran Kohilathas BMBS, GP trainee 

Dr Kulvinder Manik MBChB, MRCGP, MA(Cantab), LLM, Gray’s Inn, General Practitioner 

Dr David Morris MBChB MRCP(Uk) BSEM, General Practitioner 

Dr Michael Bell MBChB (1978 Edin) MRCGP (1989), General Medical Practitioner (Retired) 

Dr Jessica Robinson BSc.(Hons.) MB. BS. MRCPsych. MFHom, Qualified Doctor, Psychiatrist. 

Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews MB MRCPCH DROG MRCGP, General Practitioner 

Dr Rohaan Seth MBChB(hons), BSc(hons), MRCGP(2012), General practitioner 

Dr Greta Mushet MBChB MRCPsych, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy 

Dr Carl Simpson MB ChB, MSc, MD, MFPH, FRCGP, FRACGP General Practitioner and Medical Director 

Dr S Ferdinando MBBS FRCPsych MSc, Consultant Psychiatrist 

Dr Elizabeth Evans MA(Cantab), MBBS, DRCOG, Retired doctor 

Dr Charles Forsyth MBBS, BSEM Independent Medical Practitioner 

Dr David T H Williams MB BS BDS FFHom (doctor, holding medical qualification) 

Dr Jayne Donegan MMBBS DRCOG DFFP DCH MRCGP MFHom, General Practitioner (Retd) 

Dr Jon Rogers MBChB MRCGP, GP (Retd) 

Dr Clare Jones MB ChB, General Practitioner 

Dr Christopher Wood MBBS MRCPsych Psychiatrist (Retd) 

Dr Sue De Lacy MBBS MRCGP MFHOM AFMCP UK Integrative health medical practitioner 

Dr Franziska Meuschel MD ND PhD Affiliations: IDF, BSEM, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Julia Wilkens MD FCROG, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 

Dr Helen Heaton BM BS MRCGP, General Practitioner 

Dr Christopher Boitz MBChB BSc (Hons), General Practitioner 

Dr Clare Craig BM BCh FRCPath, Consultant Pathologist 

Dr Sebastien Viatte MD, PhD Physician, Immunologist, Genetic Epidemiologist 

Mr Jonathan Hobson BM BCh FRCS, Consultant ENT Surgeon 

Dr Peter Campbell MB BS, BOA, FRCSEd, BSLM, Orthopaedic Consultant & Lifestyle Medicine Physician 

Dr Ashvy Bhardwaj MBBS MRCGP Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr Sam White MBChB MRCGP Affiliations: RCGP, ILADS, IFM, ANP, Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr Gabriella Day MBBS MRCP, DCh, MRCGP, MFHom, General Practitioner 

Dr Amanda Herbert MB BS FRCPath, Retired Consultant Pathologist 

Dr Haleema Sheikh MBBS, MRCGP, General Practitioner 

Dr Elizabeth Corcoran MBBS MRCPsych 

Dr Frank Medford MB ChB Consultant Psychiatrist (locum) 

Dr Emma Brierly MB BS MRCGP, General Practitioner 

Dr Sarah Taylor MB BCh MRCPsych Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist 

Dr Art O’Malley BA, MB, BCh, DCH, MRCGP, MRCPsych, FRCPsych Psychiatric consultant and GP AND Trauma specialist 

Dr Nichola Ling MRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician 

Dr Theresa Lawrie MBBCh, PhD Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr Karen Malone BM(Hons) MRCGP ASLM/BSLM Dip Affiliations: BSLM General Practitioner 

Dr Andrew Ling RCOA Consultant Anaesthetist 

Dr Christina Peers MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, FFSRH GP trained, Consultant in Contraception and Reproductive Health 

Dr Pascal Mensah General Practitioner, Member of the British society of Immunology 

Dr Charlie Sayer MBBS FRCR Consultant Radiologist 

Dr Amir ASHGARI MD, FARCgp, General Practitioner

Dr Mary Walsh MB BCh, General Practitioner 

Dr Gerard Hall MBBS FRCP, Consultant Physician 

Dr David Jackson BSc MB BCh MRCP FRCR, Consultant Radiologist 

Dr Jessica Engler MBChB, BSc (hons), GP Trainee |

Dr Suhail Hussain MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP, PG Dip diabetes, General Practitioner 

Dr Polly Keeling MB ChB, Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr Anastasia Maria Loupis MD, Emergency Medicine Doctor 

Dr Sam David MBBS, General Practitioner Dr Jolanta Sliwowska MD, Associate Specialist Anaesthetist 

Dr Tony Pearson FRCGP, General Practitioner (Retd) 

Dr Stephen Hunter FRCPsych. MMM Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Past MD, NHS Wales 

Dr Danielle Fisch BA, MD, CCFP (Certification in the College of Family Physicians) 

Dr Elisabeth Clewing Retired General Practitioner 

Dr Malcolm Kendrick MbCHB MRCGP, General Practitioner 

Dr Ricky Allen MB BS DRCOG MRCGP, Retired General Practitioner 

Dr Arunkumar Patel MBBS, MRCPH (UK) Retired Public Health Consultant 

Dr Dean Patterson MB ChB, FRCP, Consultant Physician 

Dr Nyjon Eccles BSC, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, Integrated Medicine physician 

Dr Sheila Richards MBBS MRCGP, General Practitioner Dr Anna Forbes MBBS BSEM, Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr David Crossley MB, BS (1988), FRCA(1993) FFICM(2012), MRCPath(ME), Consultant in anaesthesia and critical care 

Dr Liesel Holler MD, Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr Alistair Holdcroft MBChB DOccMed DAvMed DRCOG, GP and Occupational Medicine 

Dr Tehmton Sepai MBChB MFHom MLCOM, Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr Peter Chan BM, MRCS (2006), MRCGP, General Practitioner 

Dr Stefanie Williams Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Dr Robert Powell General Practitioner 

Dr Holly Young MBChB, MRCP, BSc, PgCert Med Leadership, Consultant in Palliative Medicine 

Dr Gabrielle Budd MBChB and BMedSci(Hons) (Otago), PhD, Doctor (holding medical qualification) 

Mrs Diane Bartley RGN GPN Dip diabetes,Dip minor illness,Dip asthma,Dip CHD,Dip family planning, Registered Nurse 

Mr John Collis Nurse practitioner (retd) 

Mrs Debbie Brotherston RCN, Nurse or Midwife 

Ms Elspeth Hill RSCN, RGN, NMC, Nurse or Midwife 

Mrs Jo Brimmell NMC, RCN, Nurse or Midwife 

Mrs Rosemary Wood RGN, Nurse (retd) 

Mr Jake Stanworth Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) 

Ms Margret Watson NMC, Community Mental Health Nurse 

Mrs Nicola Campbell Former Registered General Nurse 

Mr Andy Reynolds Charge nurse A&E 

Mrs Leanne Wakters Ex nurse over 20 years experience 

Miss Ruth Oram Senior Staff Nurse 

Ms Dee norwood Nurse or Midwife (NHS) 

Miss Anna Phillips Registered paediatric nurse 

Mrs Valerie Palmer State Registered Nurse, Community Nurse 

Mrs Gayle Gerry BSc (Hons). RN. General practice nurse 

Miss Marianna Henley Registered nurse 

Mrs Patricia Chedgzoy Regustered nurse 

Ms Wendy Armstrong Practice nurse 

Mrs Jill Catling State Registered Nurse (retd) 

Ms Rhoda Roberts Registered Mental Nurse, Registered Specialist Practitioner in Community Mental Health Nursing, BSc Nursing in the Community 

Ms Patricia Penfold Registered nurse (retd) 

Mrs Constance Woodall Registered nurse (retd) 

Ms Susan Tapper Registered nurse 

Mrs Paula Matthews Registered nurse 

Ms Julie O’Neil Registered nurse 

Miss Nadia Jejna Registered nurse 

Mrs Sarah Knights Registered nurse 

Ms Susan McAleney Registered nurse 

Miss Susan Forbes Former Mental Health Nurse 

Mrs Jacqui Ruby Registered nurse 

Mrs Mandy Gardiner School nurse support worker 

Mrs Jill Mcdonald Registered Nurse and Cardiac Exercise Instructor 

Mrs Karen Moore Registered nurse 

Ms Kathryn Weymouth Registered midwife 

Mrs Patricia Cragg Registered nurse (retd) 

Ms Samantha Simpson Registered nurse 

Mrs Kate Blake Registered nurse (retd) 

Mrs Moira Pratt Registered nurse 

Miss Louise Naylor Registered Adult Nurse 

Mrs Marie Hartley Registered community nurse 

Mr Jon-Paul Mitchell Registered Mental Health Nurse 

Mrs Gillian Dawson Registered Nurse (Neonatal) 

Mrs Alma Pierce Registered Nurse 

Mrs Catherine Jones Paramedic 

Dr Teresa Wilson Paramedic 

Mr Bhupesh Maisuria Paramedic 

Miss Pauline Kiely Paramedic 

Source… https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1480245/coronavirus-news-doctors-sign-letter-boris-johnson

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