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Sir Desmond Swayne claimed Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, and Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance should have been sacked following their interventions last week. While in the House of Commons on Monday, Sir Desmond insisted the pair were “scaremongering” with their warnings to the public over coronavirus. He claimed their use of data forecasting the worst-case scenarios for coronavirus in the UK was not helpful.
Sir Desmond said: “The purpose of politicians is to impose a measure of proportion.
“A sense of proportion regarding science and to not be enthralled by it.
“I will make myself very unpopular but I believe the appearance of chiefs last week, Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance, should have been a sacking offence.”
Sir Desmond went into greater detail of his frustrations with the current coronavirus situation.
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He said: “They presented that graph, with the caveat that it wasn’t a prediction, they nevertheless they presented it as a plausible scenario.
“This is with its 50,000 cases a day by mid-October based on the doubling of infections by the week.
“Not once, not one day since March have there been infections on that day that would double that of the day before.”
Sir Desmond then questioned why Sir Patrick and Mr Whitty highlighted the worst-case scenarios regarding coronavirus.
He concluded: “It was the purpose of making your flesh creep.
“It was project fear, it was an attempt to terrify the British people as if they haven’t been terrified enough.
“I have been banging on about this since March and every criticism I have made I have been told the Government has been relying on the best possible science.”
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Sir Desmond also warned of the damage that could be caused by further restrictions across the country.
He said: “We have seen the eye-watering costs that we must now all face for a generation after having closed down our economy for all those months.
“We have seen the crushing of enterprises, the destruction of livelihoods and the unemployment we are going to have to face amongst young people.
“This is all a consequence of an over-action.”
Last week Mr Whitty and Sir Patrick delivered a statement warning Britons about how quickly coronavirus infections could soar in the country once again.
It came a day before the Prime Minister announced new restrictions to halt the spread of the deadly virus.
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