NHS Providers CEO Chris Hopson told Talk Radio’s Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning that doctors and nurses are being abused by a minority of anti-vaxxers. He claimed that in some instances the abuse has turned violent.
A letter calling for an end to the abuse of healthcare workers has been signed by groups including the Royal College of Midwives, Unison, the NHS Confederation, the British Medical Association, and the Royal College of Nursing.
Chris Hopson told Hartley-Brewer:
“There’s no doubt Julia that there is a small minority of people, who feel incredibly strongly about this, but it tips over for those people into a combination of kind of online abuse, email abuse, but also crucially in terms of frontline staff. We know that frontline staff have been saying to people, look, you can’t come in to our hospital without a facemask and without hand sanitiser, because we’ve got very vulnerable people here.
And they are being abused and in some cases even physically attacked. That is completely unacceptable. That’s why that letter has been written. We want to make it really clear that the NHS, all of us as leaders in the NHS have an absolutely zero tolerance approach to this.”
Hopson went on to say that healthcare workers had every right to go out and attempt to persuade the public to have a jab. He said:
“And also in terms of vaccinations, it’s quite right that we should be out there trying to put the arguments forward as to why people should get vaccinated. And we shouldn’t be abused.”
This is how they will crack down hard on dissent. It’s yet another example of problem reaction solution. The problem isn’t really a problem at all. A tiny minority of people are shouting abuse at healthcare workers. In extremely rare cases, it has resulted in a minor scuffle.
I am in no way justifying assaults. Not at all. They have used this tiny problem to get the reaction. The reaction came in the form of the letter from the representatives of healthcare workers.
The solution is to eliminate all dissent and equate moderate voices who are asking legitimate questions about the safety of the jabs, with a few headcases.
Twas ever thus.
Healthcare bodies have demanded an end to abuse of doctors and nurses by anti-vaxxers.
NHS Providers CEO Chris Hopson: "They are being abused and in some cases physically attacked. That is unacceptable. The NHS has a zero tolerance approach to this"@JuliaHB1 | @ChrisCEOHopson pic.twitter.com/K1JNxTS7nv
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