GMB: Dr Hilary tells pub landlord to ‘stick to pulling pints’
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Dr Hilary, 67, joined Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid, 50, and Adil Ray, 46, to once again offer his medical expertise as the pandemic continues to have an impact on everyday life. The trio were also joined by pub landlord Rod Humphris, who has become famous for throwing Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, 58, out of his establishment in Bath because he didn’t agree with how the opposition responded to the Government’s lockdown measures. However, as the guest explained himself a little further, the ITV medical expert struggled to bite his tongue and unleashed his fury.
“With the greatest of respect, Rod, I think you should stick to pulling pints rather than advising the Government about the policy on the biggest pandemic, public health issue for the last 100 years,” Dr Hilary began.
“In India now, there are 270,000 people a day coming down with COVID-19 and in Brazil, 250 children under the age of nine have died from Covid in the last six weeks.
“518 of them were under one, babies are dying from Covid. If we ignore a pandemic and we say lockdown doesn’t work, how do you think it spreads in the first place?
“Person-to-person contact and if you look at all the countries that locked down earlier, they’ve had better health outcomes and better economies.
“It’s very simple. Look at every peak we’ve had. What happened when we had a peak of 1,200 deaths a day?”
The medical expert added: “We went into lockdown and the numbers came down. It’s very simple.
“You have to have lockdown in a pandemic that kills people. And if you’re saying at 83 it doesn’t matter if you die, you’re saying for the likes of Prince Philip, the last 16 years of his life were meaningless and worthless – we can’t allow that to happen. We can’t be that ageist.”
Rod explained: “Firstly, Chris Whitty or Patrick Vallance said when we went into lockdown, the number of infections, deaths were already falling.
“So there is no established cause or link. This has been researched all over the world – the cause and link between lockdowns and the number of deaths or hospitalisations are just not there.”
I think you should stick to pulling pints
Dr Hilary didn’t agree and as the row continued, he said: “Tell me how it happens, then? It’s not vaccinations because they’ve not had time to take effect yet.
“It will reduce hospitalisations and deaths but how do you think we got out of the first two peaks?”
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