Ban tier travel and limit Christmas to rule of two to save NHS, top doctors beg

Travel across tiers should be banned and a new rule of two must be enforced during Christmas in a bid to save the NHS, top doctors have warned.

The measures must be put in place to prevent overwhelming the NHS, according to experts.

Advisors say the NHS will not be able to cope during the holidays if restrictions are eased, and will be unable to provide even the most critical care.

The British Medical Association has released a report to "bridge the time" between the end of the second lockdown, December 2, and "an effective vaccine programme getting underway".

Outlining a three-phased approach, the BMA has published a report to "keep infection rates low" and "pull back the NHS from collapse this winter".

This includes – even before lockdown ends – a reform of the track and trace system, reports The Sun.

Additionally, once lockdown ends, the association has recommended changing the rule of six to a "two households rule."

Working from home will still be encouraged, and doctors warn against travelling between tiers across the country.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association's (BMA) Council, said: “We must not squander the efforts of the many people who have followed the law, stayed at home, sacrificed freedoms and incurred financial loss in order to contain the virus.

“When the first lockdown ended, there was no coherent plan for keeping Covid-19 at bay, no clear and simple public messaging.

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“As England prepares to exit its second lockdown, it is unthinkable that we make the same mistakes again because this time, the impact will be far worse.

"It’s reasonable to conclude, that without these measures, the NHS will not be able to cope with caring for even the most critically ill patients.

“This report demonstrates a sustainable plan for reducing the level of infections from Covid-19 until a vaccine programme is underway.”

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