I have received a letter from Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Commons Health Committee in reply to concerns I raised over the lack of preparedness of UK hospitals to handle epidemic cases. She has invited me to submit evidence via the website for an inquiry into public health later this year.
Read the letter here:
Dear Dr Sarah Wollaston,
Thank you so much for your interest in this issue vital for the health and safety of the UK doctors and nurses and also of the UK population as a whole.
I will indeed endeavour to submit evidence via your website to support my view that existing, standard epidemic control measures are effective, proven and safe while the UK government’s policy emphasis on experimental Ebola and other vaccines is unproven, risky and dangerous.
It is especially important that frontline nurses and doctors are given the right equipment and training to handle any epidemic. Although designating a few highly specialized units for such cases is the preferred option, it cannot be ruled out that nurses and doctors throughout the UK will at some point have to deal with cases of epidemic diseases. The high mortality rate of doctors and nurses at the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa underscores the importance of preparing health care workers in advance.