Doctor demands end to ‘unnecessary Covid chaos’

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Doctor demands end to ‘unnecessary Covid chaos’. One expert has spoken out against the mass testing being carried out at schools.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Dr Camilla Kingdon, the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health president claims that the current testing regime in schools should be scrapped. At the moment children have to take two lateral flow tests each week.

She explained: “You are asking completely healthy children to test, with the potential to be excluded [from school], there is just a real concern that we are increasing a level of chaos into the system that is unnecessary.”

Apart from the lateral flow tests, most COVID restrictions were dropped in English schools earlier this year. Coronavirus measures could return though as the number of pupils catching the virus is increasing.

According to the Office for National Statistics coronavirus infections are increasing in schoolchildren in years 7 to 11.

Some Tory MPs have challenged the testing plans put in place by the government. Ex-Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan-Smith has called on the government to “rethink” the policy.

Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester is concerned about children’s mental health. He commented: “We can’t carry on with this mass asymptomatic testing forever.

“The country is looking the other way, many people have moved on from the pandemic.

“But in the world of education it is still a pandemic.

“What happened to the end of September review, what evidence was put to ministers?”

Lincoln MP Karl McCartney explained to the Telegraph: “More and more parents across the country are beginning to say that it’s not a nice thing to have to do and certainly not twice a week.

“It’s an imposition on their lives and freedoms, and it’s treating them differently to adults.”

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