NHS doctors fighting coronavirus ‘abandoned like lambs to the slaughter’

A top UK doctor has claimed NHS workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic have been "absolutely abandoned" and used as "cannon fodder" to fight the disease with almost no protection.

The chair of the country's Doctors' Association says front-line NHS staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak are still not getting the protective equipment they need.

Dr Rinesh Parmar said doctors and nurses feel they are being treated as "cannon fodder", and appealed to Boris Johnson to ensure they are properly protected.

He told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show: "We have had doctors tell us they feel like lambs to the slaughter, that they feel like cannon fodder. GPs tell us that they feel absolutely abandoned.

"We are all pleading with Boris Johnson that they really look into arranging the vital personal protection equipment that all of us need on the NHS front line.

"What our doctors are telling us is that although equipment is arriving, some of it is inadequate, some of it doesn't meet the World Health Organisation guidance.

"That really doesn't fill front-line healthcare staff with the confidence that they need."

The news comes after six of the country's top doctors called on people to stop travelling across the country, and for London to be put under much stricter lockdown measures to combat the disease.

Doctors Julian Peto, Nisreen Alwan, David McCoy, Helen Ward, Martin McKee and Elio Riboli, reached out to the Prime Minister in a letter to The Times.

They said: "Sir, the UK is losing a very small window of opportunity to minimise the disease burden from Covid-19 and prevent a health system collapse."

And Boris Johnson has also urged Brits not to visit their mothers this Mother's Day, and to instead video call them to minimise the risk of infection.

There have now been more than 300,000 cases of coronavirus around the world, and over 13,000 deaths.

Yesterday, the UK death toll reached 233 with more than 5,000 cases.

  • Coronavirus
  • NHS
  • Boris Johnson
  • World Health Organisation
  • Spain
  • London

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