Dr Hilary blasts unvaccinated NHS doctor for putting 'most vulnerable at risk' after stand off with Javid

DR HILARY today blasted an unvaccinated doctor who took on Sajid Javid over enforced Covid jabs for all NHS staff.

Last week Steve James told the Health Secretary he didn't want to have a vaccination and didn't want to lose his job.

He has been working as a consultant anaesthetic at King's College Hospital in ICUs since 2020, treating hundreds of Covid patients.

Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said.

The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions.

A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated.

This morning on Good Morning Britain, Dr Hilary blasted: "The basic point I want to make is that the vast majority of doctors and scientists think the science is plenty strong enough to support vaccination and mandatory vaccination for NHS staff in contact with patients.

"By his own admission he's got antibodies so at some point he's been in contact with coronavirus and has been capable of transmitting coronavirus to the sickest patients in society in intensive and critical care – that's the first point. 

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"Having not been vaccinated he is likely to have a higher viral load when he has been infectious and to carry that viral load for longer and all the signs show that transmission in an unvaccinated person is likely to carry on for longer than it would in a vaccinated person.

"So he talks about the risk for himself, there is an ethical duty for doctors under the GMC regulations in communicable diseases to immunise yourself to protect the risk to your patients. And clearly that isn't happening here."

Mr James responded saying: "10 per cent of the NHS staff are essentially in the same position as me, I am not a fringe person.

"Hundreds of doctors and nurses have contacted me saying thank you, let's open this debate up – this debate is not being held."

It comes after the Health Secretary politely expressed his disagreement when Mr Steve spoke to him, and urged the public to get boosted during his hospital visit.

Mr James said he did not believe Covid-19 was causing "very significant problems" for young people, adding that his patients in the ICU had been "extremely overweight" with multiple other co-morbidities.

He claimed the science isn't strong enough to support compulsory jabs, adding he's had Covid so has been protected by some antibodies.

However antibodies wane depending on when the infection happened, and do not mean you cannot get re-infected, especially with new variants.

The best way to stay safely protected is to be fully vaccinated, experts have said.

The doctor said the Health Secretary did not seem to agree with him but had listened to his opinion.

"I wouldn't say he agreed with me," he said. "I had the feeling he was listening."

In December, MPs approved mandatory vaccinations for NHS and social care staff by April this year.

The Health Secretary announced a "no jab, no job" crackdown for hundreds of thousands of doctors and nurses.

He said he did not want the NHS to lose any staff, but said numbers taking up the vaccine in the social care sector "absolutely surged" after it was made compulsory.

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