Criticism of the UK government’s response to coronavirus is growing after one of its top scientific advisers said the country was likely to be among the worst affected in Europe.
The warning from Sir Jeremy Farrar came as UK hospital deaths passed 10,000 on Sunday.
Sue Hill, vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said she believed UK deaths could rise to 30,000.
“Cabinet ministers are standing up every day, addressing us as if we’re on a war footing and giving Churchillian quotes when they could be doing a few simple things like getting more bits of plastic and paper [personal protective equipment for medical staff] on to wards,” Hill said.
Professor John Ashton, a former public health director, called on the government to be “completely honest”, as the recorded number of deaths being put out is only those who have died in hospital, and does not include deaths in care homes and in the community.
“There’s a lot of worry now on social media that we’re not being given the full picture. People need to be treated like adults,” he said.
Dozens of NHS workers areknown to have diedso far, with doctors who came out of retirement, as well as a disproportionate number of workers from black, asian and ethnic minority backgrounds among those who have lost their lives.
The government faced serious criticism early on in the spread of the pandemic in the UK, after messages from officials led to confusion over the strategy being pursued, and the country was relatively slow to shut down non-essential businesses and public gatherings.Article share tools