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Romford MP opposes vaccine mandate for health and social care staff

Andrew Rosindell met staff at Queen’s Hospital on Monday (Credit: Andrew Rosindell)

The MP for Romford has spoken out against the government’s vaccine mandate for health and social care workers. 

It is feared Queen’s Hospital could be forced to fire or redeploy 900 members of staff if they do not have two doses of a vaccine by the end of March.

Andrew Rosindell told workers he “stands side by side” with them at a protest outside the hospital on Monday. It followed another demonstration last Friday. 

“After speaking with the Chief Executive, I was told that Queen’s Hospital alone would lose around 900 staff, which quite frankly would be catastrophic for our area and Matthew (Trainer) made it very clear that losing even 100 staff would put a strain on services,” said Rosindell.

“I find it nonsensical to introduce a vaccine mandate after two years of allowing non-vaccinated staff to treat patients, it would be folly to sack thousands of dedicated and hardworking employees after the dedication they have shown during the pandemic.”

A protest outside Queen’s Hospital last Friday

Mr Rosindell also spoke to senior nurses and disease prevention staff who told him “staff to patient transmission of Covid-19 during the pandemic was close to zero”. 

“This information really sways towards the government scrapping the policy of compulsory vaccinations,” he added. 

“I stand side by side with these members of staff at Queen’s Hospital who are opposing vaccine mandates, it is unfair for the government to only announce a delay, they should scrap the policy immediately.

“Staff are struggling with their mental health, worrying about their future, their career and some may even lose their homes if they are fired for what is a totally ludicrous policy.

“The government should bite the bullet and change their policy, rather than delay the implementation, on mandatory vaccinations for health and social care workers.”

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