Firing NHS doctors is very bad government, imo
... Hospital boss Dr Kay refused to say whether he thought the new rule was fair - although argued that staff were "not being forced" to have the jab, but instead "being encouraged".
But pressed on the rules, he acknowledged it could mean people leaving their current job: "There's a possibility if they choose not to be vaccinated they could be redeployed. And if we can't find that opportunity to redeploy them then the consequence is that they will [not have a job]." ...
Asked how many front-line staff he could lose under the law change, Dr Kay said: "I am confident that we are already seeing a number of staff choosing to be vaccinated. I don't want at this stage to predict or give any numbers."
But he said he was "of course" worried about staffing, adding: "My job is to worry about everything in relation to whether or not we have enough staff here to provide care for patients safely."
Speaking to the BBC's Sophie Raworth on Sunday morning, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi defended mandatory vaccines for NHS staff in England, saying: "We have a duty of care when looking after the most vulnerable to protect ourselves and to protect them."
Dr James told the BBC's Broadcasting House programme on Sunday: "My view is that we should not mandate vaccination."
"Normally you go through this process of informed consent, where you weigh up as a doctor with the patient, the risks the benefits and that person's personal preference."
He said he has been written to by "hundreds of people" since he spoke to Mr Javid, who have told him they were thankful that he has spoken up about how he felt.
I've been written to by a group of midwives who say that, I think 41 or 45 of them in that unit will all not be vaccinated. That means the entire midwife staff from one hospital are going to leave." ...