The Government has based the handling of the COVID pandemic on flawed assumptions, say 133 doctors, nurses, paramedics and midwives

Covid19 Assembly has worked with top doctors, nurses, paramedics and midwives over the past month via their Whistleblowing Service “Speak Out“. The result is an explosive letter to the Government from 133 named signatories from the medical profession. Each person was given full anonymity until 100 signatures were received. That was the critical point where everyone was willing to go public with their names. The current climate means that individuals health professionals are too fearful to come forward with their true opinions for fear of retaliation by the NHS and the GMC. Standing together in this way affords them some protection to speak out. We thank them and the organisers for taking one more step towards ending the current climate of fear.


133 doctors, nurses, paramedics and midwives have now put their names to an open letter telling The Prime Minister, Health Secretary and First Ministers for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland: “You have failed to engage in dialogue and show no signs of doing so. You have removed from people fundamental rights and altered the fabric of society with little debate in Parliament.” The signatories, from a broad range of specialities, are speaking out despite the risk to both their jobs and reputations.

The letter, originally signed by 10 doctors, was prompted by the growing and widespread disapproval among healthcare professionals of the Government’s pandemic policies, and now calls for proper open and public scientific debate.

Founding signatory Dr Ros Jones commented: “We wrote the letter as a group of healthcare professionals, connected only by our deep concern and shared commitment to “first do no harm”. We can no longer stand by in silence. We are not the first group of medically and scientifically qualified professionals to write in such terms to the Government. In March, 22 eminent scientists publicly called for drastic policy change. We sincerely hope we will be the last who feel the need to write such a letter.”

Founding signatory Dr Alan Mordue commented: “To move forward now our governments urgently need to facilitate a wider and open debate within the medical and scientific community, for the short term as we lift restrictions, and the longer term to improve how we manage winter respiratory viruses and pandemics in the future.”

Concerns voiced in the letter include the fact that no Minister responsible for policy has engaged in an open and full discussion of alternative ways of managing the pandemic, despite being aware of other medical and scientific viewpoints. It goes on to say that the pandemic response policies implemented have caused massive, permanent and unnecessary harm to our nation saying such policies must never be repeated.

The letter focuses on 10 areas where the UK’s approach to COVID has failed, including the exaggerated nature of the threat, the inappropriate and unethical use of behavioural science to generate fear, the misunderstanding of asymptomatic spread and its use to promote public compliance with restrictions and an over-reliance on modelling while ignoring real-world data.

The signatories demand a “sea change within the Government which must now pay proper attention to those esteemed experts outside its inner circle who are sounding these alarms.”


The letter can be found here. The full list of signatories is below.

Founding signatures:

Dr Jonathan Engler, MB ChB LLB (Hons) DipPharmMed

Professor John A Fairclough, BM BS B Med Sci FRCS FFSEM, Consultant Surgeon, ran vaccination program for a Polio Outbreak, Past President BOSTA, for Orthopaedic Surgeons, Faculty member FFSEM

Mr Tony Hinton, MB ChB, FRCS, FRCS(Oto), Consultant Surgeon

Dr Renee Hoenderkamp, BSc (Hons) MBBS MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Ros Jones, MBBS, MD, FRCPCH, retired consultant paediatrician

Mr Malcolm Loudon, MB ChB MD FRCSEd FRCS (Gen Surg) MIHM VR

Dr Geoffrey Maidment, MBBS, MD, FRCP, retired consultant physician

Dr Alan Mordue, MB ChB, FFPH (ret), Retired Consultant in Public Health Medicine

Mr Colin Natali, BSc(Hons), MBBS FRCS FRCS(Orth), Consultant Spine Surgeon

Dr Helen Westwood, MBChB MRCGP DCH DRCOG, General Practitioner

Other signatories:

Dr Fiona Martindale MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Ian Comaish BM BCh Affiliations: FRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Dr Eashwarran Kohilathas BMBS, GP trainee

Dr Kulvinder Manik MBChB, MRCGP, MA(Cantab), LLM, Gray’s Inn, General Practitioner

Dr David Morris MBChB MRCP(Uk) BSEM, General Practitioner

Dr Michael Bell MBChB (1978 Edin) MRCGP (1989), General Medical Practitioner (Retired)

Dr Jessica Robinson BSc.(Hons.) MB. BS. MRCPsych. MFHom, Qualified Doctor, Psychiatrist.

Dr Laura Marshall-Andrews MB MRCPCH DROG MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Rohaan Seth MBChB(hons), BSc(hons), MRCGP(2012), General practitioner

Dr Greta Mushet MBChB MRCPsych, Retired Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy

Dr Carl Simpson MB ChB, MSc, MD, MFPH, FRCGP, FRACGP General Practitioner and Medical Director

Dr S Ferdinando MBBS FRCPsych MSc, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Elizabeth Evans MA(Cantab), MBBS, DRCOG, Retired doctor

Dr Charles Forsyth MBBS, BSEM Independent Medical Practitioner

Dr David T H Williams MB BS BDS FFHom (doctor, holding medical qualification)

Dr Jayne Donegan MMBBS DRCOG DFFP DCH MRCGP MFHom, General Practitioner (Retd)

Dr Jon Rogers MBChB MRCGP, GP (Retd)

Dr Clare Jones MB ChB, General Practitioner

Dr Christopher Wood MBBS MRCPsych Psychiatrist (Retd)

Dr Sue De Lacy MBBS MRCGP MFHOM AFMCP UK Integrative health medical practitioner

Dr Franziska Meuschel MD ND PhD Affiliations: IDF, BSEM, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Julia Wilkens MD FCROG, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Helen Heaton BM BS MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Christopher Boitz MBChB BSc (Hons), General Practitioner

Dr Clare Craig BM BCh FRCPath, Consultant Pathologist

Dr Sebastien Viatte MD, PhD Physician, Immunologist, Genetic Epidemiologist

Mr Jonathan Hobson BM BCh FRCS, Consultant ENT Surgeon

Dr Peter Campbell MB BS, BOA, FRCSEd, BSLM, Orthopaedic Consultant & Lifestyle Medicine Physician

Dr Ashvy Bhardwaj MBBS MRCGP Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Sam White MBChB MRCGP Affiliations: RCGP, ILADS, IFM, ANP, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Gabriella Day MBBS MRCP, DCh, MRCGP, MFHom, General Practitioner

Dr Amanda Herbert MB BS FRCPath, Retired Consultant Pathologist

Dr Haleema Sheikh MBBS, MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Elizabeth Corcoran MBBS MRCPsych

Dr Frank Medford MB ChB Consultant Psychiatrist (locum)

Dr Emma Brierly MB BS MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Sarah Taylor MB BCh MRCPsych Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Art O’Malley BA, MB, BCh, DCH, MRCGP, MRCPsych, FRCPsych Psychiatric consultant and GP AND Trauma specialist

Dr Nichola Ling MRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician

Dr Theresa Lawrie MBBCh, PhD Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Karen Malone BM(Hons) MRCGP ASLM/BSLM Dip Affiliations: BSLM General Practitioner

Dr Andrew Ling RCOA Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Christina Peers MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, FFSRH GP trained, Consultant in Contraception and Reproductive Health

Dr Pascal Mensah General Practitioner, Member of the British society of Immunology

Dr Charlie Sayer MBBS FRCR Consultant Radiologist

Dr Amir ASHGARI MD, FARCgp, General Practitioner

Dr Mary Walsh MB BCh, General Practitioner

Dr Gerard Hall MBBS FRCP, Consultant Physician

Dr David Jackson BSc MB BCh MRCP FRCR, Consultant Radiologist

Dr Jessica Engler MBChB, BSc (hons), GP Trainee |

Dr Suhail Hussain MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP, PG Dip diabetes, General Practitioner

Dr Polly Keeling MB ChB, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Anastasia Maria Loupis MD, Emergency Medicine Doctor

Dr Sam David MBBS, General Practitioner Dr Jolanta Sliwowska MD, Associate Specialist Anaesthetist

Dr Tony Pearson FRCGP, General Practitioner (Retd)

Dr Stephen Hunter FRCPsych. MMM Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Past MD, NHS Wales

Dr Danielle Fisch BA, MD, CCFP (Certification in the College of Family Physicians)

Dr Elisabeth Clewing Retired General Practitioner

Dr Malcolm Kendrick MbCHB MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Ricky Allen MB BS DRCOG MRCGP, Retired General Practitioner

Dr Arunkumar Patel MBBS, MRCPH (UK) Retired Public Health Consultant

Dr Dean Patterson MB ChB, FRCP, Consultant Physician

Dr Nyjon Eccles BSC, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, Integrated Medicine physician

Dr Sheila Richards MBBS MRCGP, General Practitioner Dr Anna Forbes MBBS BSEM, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr David Crossley MB, BS (1988), FRCA(1993) FFICM(2012), MRCPath(ME), Consultant in anaesthesia and critical care

Dr Liesel Holler MD, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Alistair Holdcroft MBChB DOccMed DAvMed DRCOG, GP and Occupational Medicine

Dr Tehmton Sepai MBChB MFHom MLCOM, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Dr Peter Chan BM, MRCS (2006), MRCGP, General Practitioner

Dr Stefanie Williams Doctor (holding medical qualification)
Dr Robert Powell General Practitioner

Dr Holly Young MBChB, MRCP, BSc, PgCert Med Leadership, Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Dr Gabrielle Budd MBChB and BMedSci(Hons) (Otago), PhD, Doctor (holding medical qualification)

Mrs Diane Bartley RGN GPN Dip diabetes,Dip minor illness,Dip asthma,Dip CHD,Dip family planning, Registered Nurse

Mr John Collis Nurse practitioner (retd)

Mrs Debbie Brotherston RCN, Nurse or Midwife

Ms Elspeth Hill RSCN, RGN, NMC, Nurse or Midwife

Mrs Jo Brimmell NMC, RCN, Nurse or Midwife

Mrs Rosemary Wood RGN, Nurse (retd)

Mr Jake Stanworth Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN)

Ms Margret Watson NMC, Community Mental Health Nurse

Mrs Nicola Campbell Former Registered General Nurse

Mr Andy Reynolds Charge nurse A&E

Mrs Leanne Wakters Ex nurse over 20 years experience

Miss Ruth Oram Senior Staff Nurse

Ms Dee norwood Nurse or Midwife (NHS)

Miss Anna Phillips Registered paediatric nurse

Mrs Valerie Palmer State Registered Nurse, Community Nurse

Mrs Gayle Gerry BSc (Hons). RN. General practice nurse

Miss Marianna Henley Registered nurse

Mrs Patricia Chedgzoy Regustered nurse

Ms Wendy Armstrong Practice nurse

Mrs Jill Catling State Registered Nurse (retd)

Ms Rhoda Roberts Registered Mental Nurse, Registered Specialist Practitioner in Community Mental Health Nursing, BSc Nursing in the Community

Ms Patricia Penfold Registered nurse (retd)

Mrs Constance Woodall Registered nurse (retd)

Ms Susan Tapper Registered nurse

Mrs Paula Matthews Registered nurse

Ms Julie O’Neil Registered nurse

Miss Nadia Jejna Registered nurse

Mrs Sarah Knights Registered nurse

Ms Susan McAleney Registered nurse

Miss Susan Forbes Former Mental Health Nurse

Mrs Jacqui Ruby Registered nurse

Mrs Mandy Gardiner School nurse support worker

Mrs Jill Mcdonald Registered Nurse and Cardiac Exercise Instructor

Mrs Karen Moore Registered nurse

Ms Kathryn Weymouth Registered midwife

Mrs Patricia Cragg Registered nurse (retd)

Ms Samantha Simpson Registered nurse

Mrs Kate Blake Registered nurse (retd)

Mrs Moira Pratt Registered nurse

Miss Louise Naylor Registered Adult Nurse

Mrs Marie Hartley Registered community nurse

Mr Jon-Paul Mitchell Registered Mental Health Nurse

Mrs Gillian Dawson Registered Nurse (Neonatal)

Mrs Alma Pierce Registered Nurse

Mrs Catherine Jones Paramedic

Dr Teresa Wilson Paramedic

Mr Bhupesh Maisuria Paramedic

Miss Pauline Kiely Paramedic