Top doctor urges PM to stop playing “fast and loose” with data

Following today Prime Minister’s Questions, Dr Nick Scriven, immediate past president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said: “Despite all the PM’s rhetoric about protecting the NHS, his government’s mishandling will harm the very people he is purporting to have protected by risking them coming under intense strain in the coming weeks and months with no let up or recovery time.

“We are also gravely concerned about increasing lack of transparency in crucial decision making and playing “fast and loose” with data that seems to be presented to support a pre-ordained narrative rather than the reverse which would be “normal” in any other situation.”