Friday 14 May 2021 / 12:01 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth comments on Nuffield Trust and Resolution Foundation research on the need to improve self-isolation support

Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, commenting on research from the Nuffield Trust and Resolution Foundation on the need to improve self-isolation support, said:

“As we begin to emerge further from lockdown restrictions next week the priority must be doing all we can to keep cases low and prevent further transmission.

“Labour has been warning for over a year that without proper financial support to self-isolate many people are put in the terrible position of choosing between paying their bills or staying at home to stop the spread of Covid-19.

“Without fixing this gaping hole in our defences we risk undermining the work done to bring the virus under control. Ministers cannot afford to ignore calls to introduce proper sick pay – our path out of the pandemic depends on it.”