A professional body for general practitioners (physicians) in the United Kingdom, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) represents general practitioners (GPs) on key issues from licensing and education to research and clinical standards and happens to be one of the largest of the medical royal colleges in Britain with over 50,000 members. Full vaccination becomes compulsory for frontline National Health System (NHS) workers starting April 1 after the legislation was passed by MPs in the UK in December. A month before that legislation was passed, the RCGP, while acknowledging the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination program, declared its opposition to any such enforced procedure targeting NHS staff. The RCGP knows all too well that “enforced interventions” only lead to more resentment and mistrust among the public, not to mention health care staff, and hence, their public stance against such a harsh and intrusive rule. Now just recently, a document drafted by the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) casts doubt on the rationale underlying the mandate.
Britain’s Largest Physicians Society Says ‘No’ to Mandates
In a declaration by the RCGP chair, Martin Marshall emphasized the importance of “informed and educated choices” as of greater benefit to society over the long run than “enforced interventions.”
The RCGP understands that such draconian measures only lead to resentment and ultimately even less trust in public health and medicine generally. Of course, such policies can and do exacerbate staff shortages. According to Marshall:
“The move to mandatory vaccination is particularly concerning at a time when we need as many people as possible working in general practice and across the health and care sectors delivering essential patient care and services. We can ill afford to risk losing staff with personal objections to the vaccine, however unfounded those objections may be, and we are unlikely to be in a better position with workforce pressures come next April.”Subscribe to the Trialsitenews “COVID-19” ChannelNo spam – we promise
The Mandate Rebellion?
Trouble now brews in the mandate pot as according to The Guardian, a document drafted by officials within the UK’s DHSC suggests that the evidence that justified a legislated mandate has now materially changed with the Omicron variant of concern. As this pathogen more easily evades vaccination, NHS front line workers are forced to get a vaccine only to get infected by SARS-CoV-2 anyway.
The Guardian reported that the document’s authors note that the basis for the NHS mandate weakens given “The effectiveness of only two vaccine doses against Omicron, and the lower likelihood of hepatizations from the milder variant.”
Presently up to 70,000 NHS health care staff (4.9% of the total) could be unvaccinated by the April 1 due date according to DHSC document. Already, NHS trusts in England are in the process of drafting dismissal letters to staff starting February 3 to those who refuse to obey the enforced vaccinations.
Doing the Right Thing: RCGP
The RCGP understands the importance of medical choice in an open, free democratic society. That is why they openly responded to the UK government’s decision to force mandatory vaccination on NHS staff. In the United States, many medical societies have simply lined up with government, large health systems, and industry in the drive to enforce vaccination procedures, to the detriment very of vital principles of medical choice.
Call to Action: Follow the link to read the entire RCGP letter here.