Ensuring lessons are learned from the UK’s handling of the Covid-19 outbreak so that the UK’s response and preparedness may be improved in future.

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🚨Don't miss the #APPGCoronavirus: Evidence Hearing on #LongCovid tomorrow morning at 11:30am 🗣️We'll be hearing from expert panelists Prof. Danny Altman, Prof. Brendan Delaney & Dr Claire Steves 📺Watch live on Twitter or YouTube Live stream link will be posted tomorrow 9am
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“The Prime Minister’s ability to manage this pandemic is now completely compromised and in the interests of public health, the Conservative Party must remove him to restore trust in the government’s pandemic response.” - APPG Chair @LaylaMoran appgcoronavirus.uk/news/loss…
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"Effective sequencing and testing enabled South Africa to warn the world about Omicron and the risk of this change is we could miss new variants that may be more deadly, infectious or resistant to vaccines." Chair of the APPG on Coronavirus @LaylaMoran dailymail.co.uk/news/article…
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Recent Government scandals amount to a “warrant for rule breaking” said behavioural expert @ReicherStephen at today's session
“To tell us that a tsunami is coming at us, and at the same time actually to have weaker measures than were proposed by SAGE in September before Omicron, is a contradictory message” - @ReicherStephen
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Public health experts and frontline healthcare professionals have called on the government to introduce tighter restrictions immediately to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant. 1/
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Witnesses at today's @AppgCoronavirus evidence session described extreme pressure on the NHS, putting staff and patients at risk. They said new social distancing measures should be introduced immediately to provide time for the booster campaign to have an impact. 2/
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“The government needs to level with the public and admit that even if they meet their impossible target, boosters will not provide protection in time to prevent a catastrophic increase in Omicron cases," said Chair of the APPG @LaylaMoran 3/
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To reduce public anger being directed at NHS staff following limited availability of appointments and delays to treatments, witnesses also called on the government to be honest with the public on the trade-off in diverting clinical staff towards increasing vaccination capacity 4/
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“Bed occupancy is above those that are considered safe across the nation, you’ll be aware of long ambulance queues that have been a pitiful sight. That should not be a part of our health service, but that’s actually a reality in many hospitals," said Dr Chaand Nagpaul @TheBMA 5/
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Witnesses described the extreme pressure facing the NHS even before the Omicron variant emerged with surveys suggesting that 35% of doctors are dealing with psychological disorders, 50% want to reduce working hours, and 20% intend to leave the profession. 6/
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“You can see it in the eyes of the nurses, the doctors, the physios, they are terrified of having to do that again," said Elaine Thorpe @uclh @NHSEngland 7/7
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📢 @LaylaMoran now in the House of Commons “we need to bear in mind Long Covid in all of this. If there are huge numbers of people that already have it, many many more are going to"#LongCovid #Omicron
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“If the Government does different things to that which it tells us to do, it creates a sense of ‘us’ and ‘them’.” - @ReicherStephen
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“To tell us that a tsunami is coming at us, and at the same time actually to have weaker measures than were proposed by SAGE in September before Omicron, is a contradictory message” - @ReicherStephen
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A third key message is you have to have a policy that isn’t just about boosters. It has to be about public health interventions that prevent spread of this virus. 4/
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🗣️Dr Chaand Nagpaul,@TheBMA: Because that has to be a key approach which at the moment doesn’t seem to be getting the same prominence and that does mean going further than some of the restrictions under Plan B. 5/5 #APPGCoronavirus #Omicron nitter.fdn.fr/i/broadcasts/1DX…
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