James Cook Covid-19 doctor “sickened” at Rishi Sunak support for Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings outside his London home. Image: Sky News.

A consultant working on Covid-19 wards at James Cook Hospital says he is “sickened” by his local MP’s support for Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.

Neurologist Dr Neil Archibald has written to Rishi Sunak saying he believes the Richmond MP and Chancellor has compromised his personal integrity.

The MP was one of a number of Cabinet Ministers who gave their support to the Prime Minister’s special adviser, who has been accused of breaching lockdown regulations by making at least one trip from his London home to County Durham.

Mr Sunak retweeted a Downing Street statement defending Mr Cummings’ behaviour, adding: “Taking care of your wife and young child is justifiable and reasonable, trying to score political points over it isn’t.”

In a letter to the MP, Dr Archibald said he realised that politicians had to make difficult compromises at times.

However, he added: “Compromising your personal integrity, particularly given the mounting evidence against Mr Cummings, has left me very disappointed both in you, and for you.

“I suspect that, deep down you know that what he has done is wrong. You will also be well aware that many others have made huge sacrifices, particularly, in this constituency.

“As a consultant neurologist, working at James Cook hospital, but having been repurposed to work on the Covid wards full time since this crisis began, I feel somewhat sickened that my MP is on record, at the time of writing, in defence of his actions.

“I have seen first-hand many patients die alone, with relatives unable to visit them, and our staff attempting to comfort them by telephone.”

The doctor, who describes himself as a “lefty liberal, europhile” on his personal twitter account, said that “prioritising Mr Cumming’s career over the integrity of the infection prevention message to the country will not be easily forgotten, particularly by health professionals like me”.

“You will soon become complicit in compromising the healthcare attempts to suppress the spread of the virus. You can no longer ask people to follow guidelines if you are prepared to defend those that patently do not.

“It is clearly not too late to do the right thing but would urge you to do so swiftly. Others have resigned for somewhat lesser offences and I do not recall the Conservative party leaping to their defence in this manner. You must not apply a double standard in this situation either.”

Holly Wilkinson, campaigner from campaign group Save The Friarage, also criticised the MP for supporting the adviser.

She said: “I see this as a massive kick in the teeth for all NHS workers across the country who have been working flat out on the front-line trying to save lives whilst following the rules that have been set out by the Government, and for all those key workers who have been working hard through the crisis making sacrifices to keep themselves and their families safe.

“I am disgusted at every single person, especially our own MP Rishi Sunak, who’s supported Dominic Cummings because it doesn’t matter whether you’re a highly paid employee of the government or a general member of the public, when you’re wrong, you’re wrong and he is most certainly wrong.”

Richmondshire Today has contacted the MP’s constituency office asking if he wants to respond to the criticism.

 

Mr Cummings travelled to County Durham in March with his family while official guidelines warned against long-distance journeys.

He said he feared that he and his wife would be left unable to care for their son if they became ill.

It has also been claimed that he took a second trip to the North-East in April and spent time at Barnard Castle. [kofi]

 

27 Comments

  1. I’m likewise sickened by the Richmond councillors response. It seems to be that there’s rules for some and not for “the” others. I will seriously consider my next local vote

    • One rule for the boys and another for everyone else, appalling. He should resign and those who back him should apologise. People all over the country have been in similar child care dilemmas and stuck to the rules. I applaud the Doctor who has written to Rishi Sunak.

      • Sunak is not our MP, he is only filling a safe Tory seat. He doesn’t give a jot about the folks in the dales.
        By placing on record is support of Cummings he is just joining the Johnson cliché that is run by Murdock and his media moguls. What a sorry State we have got ourselves into. The rest of Europe is just shaking their heads at us.

  2. Political point scoring at its worst. Stick to being a doctor. It’s what you are paid to do. You are not paid to meddle in politics. I actually drove 200 miles to get a plane back to the UK, and during a police and army lockdown, passing through numerous armed checkpoints. Common sense prevailed unlike here where the media create mountains out of molehills

  3. Happy to support Dominic Cummings. We need to get on with defeating Covid19 rather than squabbling.

  4. I am disgusted how the boys club have stuck together and have totally backed the wrong doings of Cummings! He needs to either resign now or be sacked. People are going to start thinking it is ok to do whatever their interpretation of necessary is. We were told to isolate if you have symptoms. That literally means do not go out anywhere. People have managed to do this and also between them look after children as they did not want to put anyone at risk. Then to drive all the way from London to Durham is insane! The man has complete disrespect for his elderly family, his colleagues and the general public. No more dithering get rid of him and send him a bunch of bluebells as his farewell gift!

  5. Such venom pouring out over this, me thinks more politically motivated than doing the right or wrong thing! People and the media keep saying ‘everyone else’ abiding by the rules such sweeping statements!! How do they know, they have no evidence to make such claims, whole thing blown out of proportion. Female by the way!!

    • Boris Johnson and his cronies is not fit to run this country and for backing Cummings when he is clearly in the wrong for breaking lockdown rules one rule for them and we are told to stay in while we cannot see our loved ones while they are dying he needs to be a man and own up to what he as done and Resigne

  6. I have to say that images of the Frankenstein films with the screaming villagers with their torches and pitchforks tend to appear in my mind when I see the media clamouring for attention ref Mr Cummings error of judgement. I think in his shoes I would go and let them find something else to impress their editors with.

  7. It’s not just the journey to Durham that people have an issue with. It’s also the trip to Barnard Castle and his ludicrous explanation of why they all took this journey on a sunny Easter Sunday while the majority of us stayed at home. You do not “find yourself” at Barnard Castle after a test drive (or should that be an eyesight test drive) from Durham. There’s a park and ride about a mile away from his parents’ property with a huge empty car park. He could have driven to this and made several circuits of the car park if he genuinely needed to test his vision. His entire tale stinks like a dead skunk.

  8. all you that are backing him are just as bad the world is in the same situation as him but didn’t brake the rules what part of stay at home did ge not understand or is it one rule for us and one rule for them

  9. What a surprise, a self confessed left wing remainer has a problem with the man who engineered the whole brexit debate. Why give this doctor a platform to air his polical views what happened to unbiased journalism? Same as the rest of the MSM very unprofessional

  10. The Doctor is yet another person unfamiliar with the rules. Reading them clearly show Cummings acted responsibly and within the guidelines. As a sufferer of Covid19 I can vouch that your eyesight does suffer. A test drive on a quiet road to Barney is far better than realising you have vision problems on the A1M.

  11. Ceci …
    It is an insult to us all who have religiously stuck to the guide lines and tried so hard to be United. We have been taken for mugs.
    All that talk at the general election on how the people of the north helped Boris Johnson and the conservative to number 10 has been entirely forgotten ..I feel totally trampled on, let down and unbelievably sad. At the beginning of the virus Boris was so believable, a bit churchillian and together we would make it through. It is now obvious he is the puppet and Mr Cummings is pulling the strings, with the virus, the election campaign and Brexit..and trying to pull the wool over our eyes. It’s no good ..you can NEVER rely on my or many other votes again, you ve severely insulted and let us all down..the hard working NHS and the country …shame on you.

  12. Good heavens…do gooders never done anything wrong or made a mistake. Grow up or are you all that squeaky clean…I fear not

  13. Disgusting awful shameful dies not deserve to be in government thousands of people have died families not able to say good bye to lived ones having to stay at home WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS he should be SACKED for his wrong doinings

  14. I am led to believe that the day of the famous eyesight test, was in fact Mr Cummins wifes birthday, and a picnic had been packed for that occassion.

  15. Disgusting, disgraceful and shameful when you hear of heartbreaking stories from people all over the country who have sacrificed so much for so long and also all the NHS workers who lay their lives on the line this arrogant, lying individual tries to justify his actions and thinks we are all stupid enough to believe him. His wife has been very silent throughout this debacle, obviously because she is complicit in the whole scenario. Words cannot describe……..

  16. Am a female too but some people are right if we’re told to isolate that’s what we did and am glad I did as I was suspected of covid19 before the isolation I was isolated 4 weeks but I carried on isolating for 8 weeks as I didn’t want anyone to feel the way i did so sorry I agree with some people many people we’re getting fines why didn’t Cummings this is everyone’s point what’s good for one is good for others and many parents had children with no child care as they were told grandma’s wasn’t allowed i think the policy wasn’t explained correctly that’s why there were many still out its silly and childish of adults to not take this seriously those that did well done as we no how hard it is there the bravest ones in my eyes so politics need to grow up and face concequences as we all did

  17. .Mr J Cook you are a very selfish man ,talk about do as i say anot asi do should we allfollow your example and set this country back a thousand times worse you had no thoughts for all those people who lost thier loved one and
    couldnt even say good bye,nor thoughts for all the NHS who put their lives on the line to help people like you and yours all the front liners, do you not feel ashamed ? I wouldnt be able to look my self in the mirror if i was you, so do the decent thing and resigne try manning up.

  18. Am a female too but some people are right if we’re told to isolate that’s what we did and am glad I did as I was suspected of covid19 before the isolation I was isolated 4 weeks but I carried on isolating for 8 weeks as I didn’t want anyone to feel the way i did so sorry I agree with some people many people we’re getting fines why didn’t Cummings this is everyone’s point what’s good for one is good for others and many parents had children with no child care as they were told grandma’s wasn’t allowed i think the policy wasn’t explained correctly that’s why there were many still out its silly and childish of adults to not take this seriously those that did well done as we no how hard it is there the bravest ones in my eyes so politics need to grow up and face concequences as we all did

  19. We are missing the whole issue here , if you look at it in a broader picture.

    Mr Cummings has heavy responsibilities as a adviser to the PRIME MINISTER
    Certainly, we should give him some discretion for his personal matters.

    There appears to be a political agenda by interest groups concern.

    The big issues not addressed by the media and press is why are we so depended on China for most of our medical supplies and the problems associated with it ? Why are these goods not made here for our national interest?

    We should move on from this matter as there are many issues the government has to solve.

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