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Letters The UK’s public health response to covid-19

UK response to covid-19: obfuscation, misrepresentation, and ignoring advice

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 22 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2455
  1. Thomas C McAnea, general practitioner
  1. The Crookes Practice, Sheffield S10 1GN, UK
  1. tomcmc{at}

Where did the UK’s covid-19 plan go wrong?1 Politics. Despite repeated assurances that it was “following the science,” the government opted to prioritise managing the news process instead.

No government could ever be fully prepared for such an existential crisis as this pandemic. The implications for public health and our economy are enormous. The crisis has exposed how the …

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