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‘No plans’ to scrap Covid jab NHS mandate: No10 doubles on the move

There are ‘no plans’ to scrap or postpone the NHS Covid vaccination mandate in England, despite a huge outcry over the move, Downing Street said today.

The government has been warned that the April 1 deadline for first-line drugs to get two shots could leave 80,000 job openings and ‘cripple’ the health service.

But the prime minister’s official spokesperson went double today, claiming it was still “the right approach”.

They said it was the duty of doctors to get vaccinated because they “care for the most vulnerable in society who will suffer serious health consequences if exposed” to Covid.

Thousands marched through central London on Sunday against the move and so-called ‘freedom rallies’ have also been held in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds.

The Royal College of GPs has warned that a sudden exodus of unvaccinated staff could have ‘massive consequences’ for the NHS, and has called for the deadline to be postponed.

But the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “There are no plans to change the implementation date for this policy.

“Health and social workers care for the most vulnerable people in society who suffer serious health consequences from being exposed to the virus.

The government has been warned that the April 1 deadline for first-line drugs to get two shots could leave 80,000 job openings and 'cripple' the health service.  Source: NHS England data going up to January 20

The government has been warned that the April 1 deadline for first-line drugs to get two shots could leave 80,000 job openings and ‘cripple’ the health service. Source: NHS England data going up to January 20

A woman holds a placard promoting the NHS 100k, a group of anti-vaxx ambulance workers 'united for freedom of choice, physical autonomy and informed consent'

A woman holds a placard promoting the NHS 100k, a group of anti-vaxx ambulance workers 'united for freedom of choice, physical autonomy and informed consent'

A woman holds a placard promoting the NHS 100k, a group of anti-vaxx ambulance workers ‘united for freedom of choice, physical autonomy and informed consent’

“Obviously, a vaccination is also a way to reduce staff absenteeism, so it’s a way to overcome some of the backlog caused by staff absences when vaccinations weren’t available.”

There are concerns that without a shot, NHS staff will simply be recruited by health services in other parts of the UK, where the mandates are not planned.

The Prime Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has already said he “doesn’t rule out” hiring unvaccinated workers from across the border.

Backlash at BBC for giving platform to anti-vaxxers

The BBC has been criticized for planning to broadcast “dangerous nonsense” after calling for anti-vaxxers to appear at Question Time.

The Corporation has been criticized for asking people who have not been stabbed to sit in the audience when the show visits London.

Presenter Fiona Bruce called on them to get in touch during St Andrews’ show last week.

She said a ‘relatively large proportion’ of Londoners have not been vaccinated and ‘we want to explore a number of reasons’ why.

But social media users were quick to condemn her and the BBC for planning “irresponsible” positions.

One user wrote: ‘This is dangerous nonsense. I can recall that the BBC would not have been so irresponsible, so populist or so overtly political.

“I knew two people who died of Covid and 10 others who have had it. Two of them had it twice.’

Another tweeted: “Putting anti-vaxxers on a ‘debate’ program implicitly suggests they have a legitimate point of view – even if everyone else disagrees with them.

‘You have an enormous duty to clearly define the boundaries of an acceptable social debate and you are still failing enormously.’

One man wrote: ‘This makes little sense. Unless you’re going to correct anti-vaccine commentary with the facts and include a proportionate number of vaccinated people in the audience, this stunt needs to be reconsidered. @BBCPolitics you’re sinking further and further.’

And another added on his Twitter page: “This is why question time is on the sell-by date.

All frontline NHS workers in England must have had one shot by February 3 to receive two vaccines by April 1.

But about 80,000 — 5 percent of the workforce — have not been double vaccinated, figures show as of Jan. 20.

Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned about the estimated number of layoffs, the spokesperson added: ‘We don’t want a single member of NHS staff to be lost because they were unwilling to get the vaccine which is safe around the world. turned out. .

“We know that nine in ten NHS staff have already been vaccinated, we know that since this policy was announced tens of thousands more NHS staff have come forward and we are confident more will continue to do so.

‘It is NHS staff working in ICUs who see how those most in need of treatment are mainly the unvaccinated. It is they who have to deal with the consequences of people choosing not to get vaccinations and it is those who work in the NHS who look after our most vulnerable and it is only right that we should make this demand of them. ‘

Despite taking a generally tougher stance on Covid restrictions during the pandemic, Scotland and Wales have no plans to introduce vaccine mandates in the NHS. A consultation is being launched in Northern Ireland.

Drakeford told the BBC Wales is not considering mandatory shots as the ‘vast majority’ of staff have already been vaccinated.

When asked if he would be hiring NHS staff from England, Mr Drakeford added: ‘I don’t expect us to look for people who have not been vaccinated but if people sign up they will be treated in the normal way. interviewed.

“We would see what was behind their decision. We wouldn’t rule them out, but we certainly wouldn’t go looking for them.’

NHS England managers have been advised to move unvaccinated medics from the front line to positions without direct patient contact.

Bosses are not required to help staff find ‘suitable alternative work’ and redundancy payments are not paid to those who are made redundant.

The move will also affect live-in NHS carers caring for disabled or elderly patients at home.

It is thought that between 15 and 20 percent of home workers are unvaccinated.

The Homecare Association said the mandate will cause “further serious damage” to the demand already faced with “crippling” demand.

It said the government has “seriously miscalculated” the balance between the reduced risk of infection and the risk of people going without vital care.

And it is concerned that the safety and well-being of the elderly and disabled is ‘dangerously endangered’.

The membership calls on the government to repeal the regulations now — before employers start terminating unvaccinated workers.

Chief executive Dr Jane Townson said: ‘All along we have strongly supported vaccination against Covid-19 as there is clear evidence that it helps save lives.

At the same time, we have consistently argued that persuasion would probably be more successful than coercion in achieving high vaccination coverage, especially among those with real fears.

And we have repeatedly emphasized the need to balance the reduced risk of infection with the risk that elderly and disabled people will not receive essential care at home.

“In pushing through regulations requiring vaccination as a precondition for deployment in CQC-regulated broader healthcare settings, including home care, we believe the government has seriously misjudged this risk balance.”

Two vaccine doses for nursing home staff in England have been mandatory as a condition of deployment since November.

The new policy will affect the NHS frontline and wider social care workers who work in regulated environments in England.

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