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COVID-19: Unvaccinated doctor warns PM he risks ‘mass exodus’ of NHS staff over mandatory COVID jab policy

An unvaccinated medic has written to Boris Johnson warning him that when COVID jabs become mandatory for NHS workers, there will be a “mass exodus of staff” and the health service will “struggle to cope”.

Under the government’s policy, all frontline health staff will need to have two COVID-19 jabs by April in order to work in the NHS across England, unless they have an exemption.

Dr Fui Mee Quek, who has worked as a GP in a practice in Sutton for 28 years, said she is “being forced to stop work” after deciding against getting the COVID-19 vaccination.

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In her letter to the PM, the medic said she made her decision as she felt “there was not enough long term safety data on the novel mRNA vaccines”.

She wrote: “Due to the requirement for mandatory COVID vaccination by April, I am being forced to stop work which I am very upset about.

“I was told it was a requirement for healthcare workers like the Hepatitis B vaccine, however, the latter provides immunity for decades and has a proven safety record.

“The COVID vaccine potentially only protects for six months or so hence the need for boosters.

“Even the annual flu vaccination was never made mandatory.”

Speaking to Sky News, the doctor, who is in her late 50s, explained that even though she does not want the jab, she is still in favour of vaccines.

“I’m not anti-vaccination. I encourage my patients to have their vaccines and vaccines have saved millions of lives over the years,” she said.

“You are likely to be safer if you have the boosters and the vaccinations but that’s not the issue. The issue is that even if you do, you could still transmit the virus.

“Even if 100% of the NHS workers are vaccinated, it is still not 100% effective.”

NHS will ‘face mass exodus of staff’

The GP urged the prime minister to reconsider the jab policy, saying if it remains in place, it will be the people in need of help who will suffer.

The legal requirement for NHS staff to be fully vaccinated as a condition of their deployment to work is set to come into force from 1 April.

“If the COVID vaccine continues to be mandatory by April you will face a mass exodus of staff and the NHS will struggle to cope,” she wrote in her letter.

“This policy makes no sense, particularly because besides doctors and nurses, patients and their families i.e. the very people the NHS is meant to help, will be the ones to suffer most.”

Speaking to Kay Burley, she said she is “worried” the focus on “parties and a leadership challenge” is going to cause the government to “forget” about the jab deadline and “we are going to face a crisis”.

“The government must change their mind and do a U-turn on this mandatory vaccine before it is too late,” she said.

‘This is what we trained for – this is what we love’

Last week, Dr Steve James, an unvaccinated consultant anaesthetist at King’s College Hospital in south London, challenged Health Secretary Sajid Javid about the policy.

He said he developed antibodies against COVID-19 after contracting the virus.

Similarly, the GP told Sky News she caught coronavirus and so had “some immunity”.

In her letter, she mentioned the consultant anaesthetist, writing: “I can afford to stop working.

“Dr James and so many others probably cannot. After years of medical training, we do not want to be reassigned to a role with no patient contact. This is what we trained for; this is what we love.”

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A cost-effective suggestion for the PM

The doctor and businesswoman also suggested meeting the PM and government advisers to discuss the vaccination issue, stressing that she has “no political or financial agenda”.

“I just want to speak out on behalf of those healthcare and other workers who stand to lose their livelihood. As it is hard for them to make themselves heard, I am compelled to be their voice,” she wrote.

She even claimed she has a “cost-effective suggestion” for how to “lead the country of this COVID situation” and get Mr Johnson a “boost in popularity”.

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