A letter this week to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other UK government officials, signed by more than 130 UK medical professionals, accused the government of mishandling its response to the COVID pandemic, resulting in "massive, permanent and unnecessary harm" to the country.
The letter, "Our Grave Concerns About the Handling of the COVID Pandemic by Governments of the Nations of the UK," outlined 10 ways in which the authors argued UK government policies not only failed to protect citizens, but in many cases caused additional, unnecessary harm.
The letter's 10 lead authors wrote:
"We write as concerned doctors, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals with no vested interest in doing so. To the contrary, we face personal risk in relation to our employment for doing so and / or the risk of being personally 'smeared' by those who inevitably will not like us speaking out."
The authors accused government officials of failing to measure the harms of lockdown policies, of exaggerating the virus' threat and of improper mass testing of children.
"Repeated testing of children to find asymptomatic cases who are unlikely to spread virus, and treating them like some sort of biohazard is harmful, serves no public health purpose and must stop."