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Speak out now against the creeping mandates


ANYONE lulled by the false dawn of Boris Johnson’s promise to end all Covid restrictions within weeks needs to wake up. They really shouldn’t count their chickens too soon. This government is adept at giving with one hand and taking away with another. Anyone congratulating themselves on the Government’s backdown over mandatory vaccinations for NHS workers needs to be aware that despite saying it’s ‘not proportionate’ to have a mandate, the Government has far from given up on the notion. 

Almost within hours of his U-turn the Health Secretary was urging medical regulators to send a ‘clear message to healthcare workers that they should be vaccinated against Covid-19, despite the government dropping its legal vaccine mandate for NHS staff in England’. The coercion has not stopped. In a dictatorial letter to the regulators he wrote that the Government’s last-minute decision to abandon compulsory vaccines ‘in no way diminishes the importance that health and care workers are vaccinated’. Furthermore, he went on, ‘it is the responsibility of all healthcare professionals to take steps to ensure the safety of patients’, with the injunction that ‘As the approach to ensuring vaccine uptake among health and care staff changes it is important that this personal professional responsibility is re-emphasised’. Finally he insisted that regulators should ‘urgently’ work with health leaders ‘to ensure yourself that your current guidance on vaccination, and particularly vaccination for Covid, sends a clear message to registrants’.

As if to underline this, last week the government issued an ingenuous Public Consultation on mandating vaccines headed ‘Revoking vaccination as a condition of deployment across all health and social care’. It doesn’t take a genius to guess what it is in aid of other than to engineer public support for it.  

That’s why we all have to respond to the consultation.  They generously (forgive my sarcasm) gave us less than a week to do so. It closes at 11:45pm on 16 February 2022.

First we need to make some general legal points of which the government seems unaware. They are: that it is against the law to mandate a medical procedure; that it vitiates consent if it’s forced or mandated or consent is obtained in any other way than totally freely; that the NHS Constitution is breached if medical treatment is mandated; that domestic and international criminal law is breached if medical treatment is mandated. Finally that it’s a breach of the War Conventions to mandate medical treatment. 

Vaccination for Hepatitis B for certain health care workers is often cited as a precedent. That Health Care Trust policies exist for requiring it to protect certain staff is not, however, the same thing as it being a precedent for legally requiring all staff to have this or any other vaccine. 

Here is the link to the consultation. 

The Together Declaration is campaigning on this too.

They identify some of the practical implications we need to point out in answer to the consultation’s two final questions. These are that if there were any mandatory procedure we’d lose a further 120,000 staff on top of the 60,000 care home workers and ancillary staff already lost, and that added to the current shortfall of 95,000 staff would be devastating. 

In fact with a several-year multi-million waiting list it is frankly insane, another NHS self-destruct button that will not protect anyone – the reverse in fact. Given that vaccination is proof against neither infection or transmission, the whole notion is pointless, illogical and immoral. What’s more this consultation is yet another egregious waste of taxpayers’ money. Haven’t they more urgent things to spend it on?

Editor’s note: To understand how wrong and discriminatory mandating or coercing this experimental vaccine is please read Sally Beck’s report in these pages today.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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