Covid: Health minister claims NHS is under ‘sustainable pressure-despite warnings from doctors union.
Health minister Edward Argar has claimed the NHS is under “sustainable pressure” despite the alarm being raised by a major doctors’ union urging the government to introduce measures to control the spread of Covid.
It comes after Sajid Javid, the health secretary, suggested the country could see 100,000 cases a day, but resisted demands to implement “plan B”, which includes advice to work from home, making face masks mandatory and vaccine passports.
On Thursday evening, the British Medical Association (BMA) insisted that the “time is now” for further measures and accused ministers of being “wilfully negligent” for ignoring NHS leaders’ pleas for the implementation of “plan B”.
And on the previous day the NHS Confederation — representing healthcare providers — called for a “plan B plus” and stressed that the health service was “stumbling into a crisis” and “right on the edge”.