THE NEUROLOGIST who stood as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bromsgrove has lambasted people for filming inside hospitals claiming Covid-19 ‘is a hoax’.
Dr David Nicholl spoke out after several men were reportedly seen filming inside the Alexandra Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on January 1.
They were allegedly claiming that the hospitals were ‘quiet’ and ‘hallways empty’, thus ‘proving’ that the NHS was ‘not overwhelmed’.
Footage of those visits was said to have been posted to social media but deleted shortly afterwards.
Dr Nicholl said he believes people need to ‘grow up’ and start taking coronavirus and the pandemic seriously.
“We’re only going to get through this if we work together.
“I’m fed up of seeing videos of people wandering around empty hospitals.
“We are extremely busy and it’s important people in the local area treat this with the gravity that they should.”
He added that it makes him ‘pig sick’ and grossly offended when people go around filming in hospitals and that they should be ‘fined and tagged’ for their actions.
“It’s grossly offensive to the now over 70,000 people, including 600 of my colleagues, who have died from this illness – not with it, because of it.”
But it’s not all doom and gloom, added Dr Nicholl, as he praised the Oxford vaccine rollout as ‘fantastic news’.
“This is the biggest logistical exercise in health care we’ve ever done. I think it’s bigger than trying to put man on the moon.”
Chief Inspector Ed Hancox of West Mercia Police told the Standard that a number of men had voluntarily attended Kidderminster Police station to discuss filming in the Alexandra and other hospitals.
He said: “At this time no arrests have been made and no fixed penalties have been issued but an investigation remains ongoing into potential breaches of the Covid-19 regulations.”
Chief Superintendent Phil Dolby of West Midlands Police said his ‘blood was boiling’ following the alleged incidents.
He wrote on Twitter: “Covid deniers should count themselves lucky there is such a thing as the ‘Hippocratic Oath’, still held to be sacred by our NHS heroes despite such idiocy.”