8th Mar, 2021

Campaigner says Covid restrictions are 'too strict' and has called for a meeting with Bromsgrove MP

A BROMSGROVE campaigner has requested meetings with town MP Sajid Javid over the approach to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Phil Haynes claims the Government’s regulations are too strict for the levels of infection.

It comes amidst reports that the Commons Liaison Committee, made up of senior MPs, has expressed concerns to Prime Minister Boris Johnson about freedoms being curbed. They labelled bringing in emergency powers without Parliament’s approval as ‘unacceptable’.

Mr Haynes said although he accepted positive Coronavirus tests were rising the figures, for example 34 in every 100,000 in Bromsgrove and 75 Birmingham, the virus still only affected less than one per cent of the population.

He added he feared people’s civil liberties were being eroded, economies ruined and lockdowns and other measures were having a serious detrimental impact on people’s mental health.

He said: “This isn’t about being disrespectful to people who have suffered or passed away, nor to those who have lost loved ones and have experienced that grief and loss.

“Like almost everyone, I would not wish any harm or illness or loss on anyone.”

He said politicians, which would usually otherwise argue for and against such measures, seemed to have ‘just accepted the situation’ and not thought of the consequences and on everybody’s daily lives.

“Why are we locking down cities just because of an increase in positive tests (very small percentages of populations)?

“These are far less important than deaths and hospitalisations which have not risen in the same way.

“There will be more positives because more people are being tested.”

He also questioned the rationality of closing hospitals and surgeries to ‘non Covid’ issues which was having an impact on patients with cancer and other serious diseases which they urgently need treatment for.

University Hospitals Birmingham, which covers the Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands and Solihull Hospital (Covid free), has recorded 1,001 deaths between March 14 and September 25 where patients had tested positive for Covid-19.

Another 3,000 patients who had tested positive have been discharged from hospitals during that time.

In the latest figures there were 72 Covid patients in UHB Hospitals on September 11 – seven on ITU.

On September 24 there were 124 Covid inpatients – 18 in ITU.

A spokesperson for Sajid Javid’s office has given Mr Haynes the MP’s email and invited him to message regarding a surgery appointment.

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