On easing restrictions the government must stick to the evidence

06 July 2021

Responding to the prime minister's five point plan for 'living with COVID-19', the deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said:

"Trust leaders are keenly aware of the wider impact of COVID-19 restrictions alongside the importance of ensuring the NHS is able to treat all patients, COVID and non-COVID.

"They see the way these rules have affected peoples' lives and livelihoods, their mental health, and the wider economy.

"However they do expect these decisions to be driven by data, not a date.

"The prime minister acknowledged the inevitability of increased COVID-19 infections, admissions to hospital and deaths in the coming weeks.

"The vaccine programme has weakened, but not broken that link.

"We urge the government to keep a very close watch on the evidence as it emerges in the coming days, and to be ready to make the right call – whichever way it points – when the real decision day comes round next week."

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