Added restrictions: a tough but necessary decision
19 December 2020
Responding to the prime minister's announcement of further COVID-19 restrictions, the chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, said:
"These changes were inevitable given how rapid the infection rates have been rising in London, south east and parts of the east of England due to the new variant.
"Trust leaders have consistently called for the restrictions to be as tough as needed to cut infection rates. It is therefore right that the government has acted quickly to avert significant extra deaths and levels of harm.
"Trust leaders, who are seeing rapidly rising levels of COVID-19 patients and hospital admissions, will obviously hope that these measures will rapidly slow down virus spread and the number of cases. But that will depend on everyone following the rules meticulously.
"They understand only too well the disappointment and frustration these additional restrictions will cause. This was a tough but necessary decision."