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Too Little, Too Late again

October 24, 2021 11:15 PM
By James Sandbach
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

03vy (Photo by Super Straho on Unsplash)The weekend has seen more calls from medical professionals for some additional restrictions to be put in place in light of the continuing increase in cases and growing concerns about pressure on the NHS which with the winter still to come. For example Dr Katherine Henderson, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said emergency departments in the UK are in a "terrible place".

We're already struggling to cope. This is not something that's coming in the next couple of months. We're already in a terrible place where we have got large queues of ambulances with vulnerable people waiting in those ambulances to be offloaded into departments and other patients at home waiting to be picked up by the ambulance.

Despite over 8000 beds now occupied by covid patients Ministers continue to insist that the roll out of booster jabs will be sufficient to keep on top of the spread of the virus. Many Tory MPs are even refusing to endorse wearing masks in public spaces ( including Parliament) despite evidence this remains a sensible precaution

Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has urged the Government to consider a beefed-up version of Plan B as a matter of urgency to avoid a winter lockdown. The Plan B Plus would include mandatory face masks, an instruction to work from home and reimposing social distancing rules, but it would not include Covid passports which the Lib Dems are opposed to. He said in an interview with the i "Parents are terrified that their children will be forced to lose more school and NHS trusts are nervous about the number of beds and staff. I fear that measures are needed now to prevent a crisis that our economy and our communities cannot afford. The lights on the dashboard are all blinking red and the Government seems to be asleep at the wheel once again. I fear we are back to where we were in spring and autumn 2020, a Government paralysed by incompetence, indifference and indecision leading the country into an inevitable lockdown. Clearly we need a proper report which outlines whether further emergency measures are needed now."