GMBs Dr Hilary Jones clashes with Richard Madeley – why ease restrictions when things are getting worse? – Bristol Live

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Dr Hilary Jones urged patience as pressure mounts over whether Covid restrictions should be lifted from June 21.

The GMB doctor was embroiled in a back and forth with presenter Richard Madeley about the pandemic and how the new Delta variant is impacting the UK.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary asked the simple question: “Why would we ease restrictions when things are getting worse? Does that make any sense to anybody?”

Madeley, who is a guest host on the early morning ITV show, questioned the doctor’s comment that things were getting worse, saying they are not worse in the sense of more people ending up on hospital.

Dr Hilary said there are more cases and added: “We are seeing hospitalisations, we may not be seeing so many, we’re not seeing that big peak in hospitalisations and deaths, but we’re still having our NHS staff working incredibly hard to keep hospitalisations down and to keep people from dying.

“ICU units are pretty busy again and some experts are saying we’re already in a third wave. So why would we ease restrictions right now when things are getting worse?”

He said the new variant is causing huge problems in India and big problems here, and when challenged by co-host Susanna Reid about how long do restrictions last, he said: “As long as it takes, we have to get things under control.”

He urged people to think about staff working so hard in NHS hospitals under pressure, suffering burn out, and said we need to be careful as we live with Covid until the entire population is vaccinated and said we’ll need to keep to social distancing and mask wearing. If not, there could be more variants and more waves and more hospitalisations.

Saying it’s ‘a big ask’ he said the virus had to be taken seriously, there’s lots of vulnerable people, and we need to wait a few more months until all adults are vaccinated.

And he added: “Down the line, things are going to be a lot better. If we could just wait a few more months, we’ll have almost everyone vaccinated. The target is the end of July.”

 

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