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‘Shocking’: NHS doctors criticise London anti-lockdown protest


25 April 2021, 19:46 | Updated: 25 April 2021, 19:49

Doctors have criticised the Hyde Park anti-lockdown protest

Doctors have criticised the Hyde Park anti-lockdown protest.


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NHS doctors have blasted the “surprising” and “disappointing” anti-lockdown demonstration attended by crowds in London.

Three doctors have stated they settle for the best to protest however worry demonstrators are driving social distancing measures they rail in opposition to by gathering.

One warned that if restrictions hadn’t stopped exponentially rising instances within the UK, the healthcare system would have damaged down – as in India, the place surging instances look to be overwhelming doctors.

Dr Ajay Verma, a advisor gastroenterologist and doctor in Northamptonshire, instructed the PA information company: “There is a small minority of people that appear to consider there is a conspiracy occurring, which is upsetting, and the worst factor is that they’re placing themselves in danger by gathering in a crowd.

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“They’re protesting in opposition to the measures they’re driving themselves by gathering in a crowd.

“It may be very disappointing, I’ve to say.”

Dr Verma stated it was “very upsetting” to see some sporting yellow stars, apparently a reference to symbols that Jews had been pressured to put on in Nazi Germany.

Dr Ajay Verma hit out at the anti lockdown protest

Dr Ajay Verma hit out on the anti lockdown protest.


Dr Karan Rajan said he was disappointed by the scenes

Dr Karan Rajan stated he was dissatisfied by the scenes.


“I believed to try to use the metaphor and counsel that lockdown measures and vaccinations and masks are like genocide may be very troubling,” he stated.

“There had been instances in January, and final April, the place if the tendencies had continued as they had been we might have seen what we’re seeing in India now – a breakdown of the well being service.

“People do not appear to grasp, we had been days, not weeks, days, to the brink.”

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India is dealing with a extreme scarcity of oxygen because it recorded greater than 314,000 instances over 24 hours final week – the best day by day whole for confirmed instances wherever on the earth.

The UK has dispatched life-saving tools to assist the nation struggle rising infections.

On Saturday, two officers had been taken to hospital after dispersing a crowd in Hyde Park, the place protesters gathered. They additionally marched down Oxford Street.

Eight officers were injured on Saturday

Eight officers had been injured on Saturday.


Banners together with “you don’t want proof to know fact” had been seen.

Dr Karan Rajan, an NHS surgeon in Surrey, stated: “I think it was a big variety of people who find themselves anti-vaxxers and conspiracy theorists who received concerned, and but it is surprising to see.

“Although we all know the vaccination rollout goes forward properly and we’re getting again to regular with restrictions easing, it is nonetheless very worrying to see such big gatherings with out masks out in public, principally breaking the legislation, which is actually regarding to see.

“And it is simply actually disappointing as effectively.”

Dr Rajan added: “In this nation we consider in autonomy in the case of medication so everybody has the best to decide over what goes of their physique.

“If somebody would not need the vaccine that’s their determination on the finish of the day, so long as they’re totally educated.”

“But it is essential to make sure they do not encroach upon anybody else’s proper to resolve, or proper to really feel secure.”

Dr Jamie Parker, a GP from Nottingham, stated: “So many individuals have given up a lot all through the lockdowns and we all know that lockdowns have their drawbacks, however all through all they’re actually the one factor which have had labored earlier than the vaccines, it is the one factor that has introduced down numbers and has saved lives.”

In the UK, 33,666,638 first doses and 12,587,116 second jabs have been given out.

All 4 international locations within the UK have continued to ease restrictions, with Scotland and Wales accelerating their timetables given the promising Covid knowledge.